Senior Care in Jenks OK
You might not think too much about tripping over your shoelaces and stumbling, or slipping on a patch of ice and taking a tumble, but these seemingly minor situations can be devastating for a senior. The truth is that falls are one of the greatest risks that you will face in your elderly care journey with your aging parent. These accidents can have lasting and severe consequences for your senior that can diminish her quality of life and even put her life at risk.
Some things that you should know about fall risk include:
• Approximately 30 percent of the population of adults over the age of 64 will fall each year. This accounts for millions of adults
• More than 2 and a half million of these falls will result in injuries severe enough to require a trip to the emergency room
• More than 700,000 adults will require extended hospitalization due to a fall
• 20 percent of falls cause broken bones, traumatic head injuries, or other serious injuries
• More than 95 percent of broken hips are caused by falling
• More than 25,000 senior die each year from injuries caused by falls
• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that falling is the leading cause of death for seniors
Seniors who fall are not just at risk because of that initial fall. While falling can cause injuries that can be life-threatening, they also increase the chances of other issues that put her life at risk. These include:
• Hospitalization. Any time your parent is in the hospital, her chances of death increase. Being in the hospital means being exposed to germs that can cause serious infections and illnesses. It can also mean developing delirium, a potentially dangerous condition that impacts cognitive functioning and mental status.
• Surgery. Very serious injuries caused by falls may require surgery to correct them. This puts your parent at risk of infection and complications, and requires her to use anesthesia, which can be detrimental to health. Surgery also often requires an extended recovery period, which impacts activity levels.
• Inactivity. Seniors who fall often suffer from diminished levels of activity even after recovering. Your loved one may be afraid of falling again, which can discourage her from being as active as she may want to be. She may also experience lingering pain or stiffness that may make it more difficult for her to stay active. Living an inactive lifestyle dramatically increases the risk of mortality for several reasons, including reducing heart health.
• Increased fall risk. A senior who has fallen once is likely to fall again. This is due in large part to the levels of inactivity that occur after a fall. If your parent does not stay active, her body will get weaker.
This means that she will not be able to avoid a fall as effectively, and that she will not be able to handle the fall as well if she does experience one. This means that her second fall is likely to be more severe with greater chances of it being life threatening than the first.
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