Best Service When Elderly People Fall in Austin, TX
Falls can be reduced or avoided by lowering risk factors
We hear about it often, which makes many feel that falling when one gets older is just a part of life. This doesn’t have to be the case, though. Falls are rarely something that happens out of nowhere. They, typically, are the result of risk factors that have gone unnoticed for too long.
If you or a loved one have fallen, there’s nothing to be ashamed about. Every 11-seconds an adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall. Unfortunately, every 19-minutes, an older adult dies from a fall.
Falls do not have to be a part of your experience, though, and they can be safeguarded against. Whether you’re recovering from a fall, looking to make sure it doesn’t happen again or looking for ways to avoid it in the first place, Austin Home Health has a track record of providing valuable solutions.
Fall Prevention for Seniors and Elderly
Austin Home Health is one of the leading providers of in-home health care including companionship/homemaker and personal care services. Our caregivers have been professionally trained to help provide care for many unique scenarios and are always on the lookout for ways to improve the safety and quality of life for seniors at home.
During a pilot program, targeted at fulfilling various strategic objectives revolving around improved senior care, Austin Home Health caregivers were able to prevent 83 falls, while providing care to 2,095 clients.
Some of the risk factors that have been identified and linked to senior and elderly falls are:
- Muscle Weakness (specifically in the legs) — Creating some sort of program to maintain strength in the legs and other extremities is integral to preventing falls.
- Maintaining Balance — With lack of strength can come poor balance or an uneven gait; often linked to lack of proper exercise.
- Drop in Blood Pressure — Dehydration and certain medications can be the culprit when it comes to sudden drops in blood pressure—postural hypotension—when one gets up from lying down and result in an increased chance of falling.
- Dizziness — It’s important to make sure that any spells of dizziness are reported so that proper measures can be taken.
- Slower Reflexes — Taking your time without being in a hurry is one of the ways to safeguard against unnecessary falls.
- Painful or Unsafe Footwear — Shoes that are not properly secured to the fit or slip when walking can end up causing problems, including falls. It’s also important to test the traction on the bottom of shoes to make sure they provide proper grip and traction.
- Numbness in Extremities — Anytime numbness in the legs, feet, arms or other extremities is experienced, it should be reported so that appropriate measures can be taken.
- Reduced Vision — Being mindful of one’s vision and making sure that eyeglass prescriptions are up to date is important in making sure that depth perception remains solid when moving around.
- Confusion — Being unsure of one’s environment can be unsettling. In both short-term and long-term cases of confusion and dementia there is an increased risk of falling. Bouts of confusion should always be reported to a caregiver, immediately.
- Excessive Medication — Always check with your doctor to see if there are any medications that are excessive or no longer required. Studies show that people who take four or more prescription medications have a greater risk of falling than those taking fewer regular medications.
At Austin Home Health, our caregivers are trained to identify risk factors that could result in a fall and safeguard against them.
Facts on Falls in Senior Populations
While there are many conditions facing seniors, today falls are one of the most common and expensive. One-third of elderly adults experience a fall every single year.
Elderly adults had over 2.1 million Emergency Department visits for injurious falls in 2006, account for 1 in 10 ED visits among patients aged 65 years and older. The cost of hospital care following and ED visit for an injurious fall among the elderly totaled $6.8 billion in 2006.
Those numbers for senior and elderly falls, unfortunately, are on the rise and remain an extremely costly event in a senior and their family’s life with each fall resulting in an Emergency Department visit that can often total up to over $20,000 per visit.
Caregivers Providing Fall Education for Seniors and Elderly in Austin
Austin Home Health caregivers work diligently to provide falls education for seniors, elderly, and their families. We offer a complete safety analysis of a client’s home, providing a list of risk factors and solutions for minimizing those risks.
The value and additional savings of this preventative service and enhanced falls education is difficult to quantify. The additional safety measures provided by Austin Home Health caregivers in homes where clients did not fall has been viewed as priceless.
Peace of mind is something we all seek at one point or another and knowing you’re doing everything you can to safeguard against seeing your aging loved one fall and injure themselves certainly offers a sense of comfort.
When you consider the costs associated with the injuries that often accompanying a fall—lost wages or other non-medical expenses (ex. wheelchair ramps), reduced quality of life, and decreased functional capacity—their is great value in putting together a proactive plan for safeguarding against unnecessary falls.
Let us help you and your loved one design that proactive plan. We’ve built our home care provider agency to make everything that goes along with hiring a caregiver easy for you and your family. We would love to offer our years of experience. Request a phone call, today and get all of your questions answered by one of our experts, or call us now: (512) 766-0103