Home Care Helps Seniors Reduce Fall Risk
Fall risk is something that every family caregiver should keep in mind whenever they are caring for their parent or making decisions about their care and well-being. Each year millions of seniors experience falls, and approximately 27,000 die from injuries related to these falls. While there are many things that you can do to help reduce the chances that your parent will experience a fall, one of the most beneficial might be starting home care for them. The personalized services of a home care provider can help your parent to maintain the lifestyle that they desire and deserve, while also addressing needs and challenges that can increase the potential for falls.
Some of the ways that home care can help seniors reduce fall risk include:
• Physical support. Walking, transferring, getting in and out of the bath, and other tasks can be challenging for seniors, particularly those dealing with balance problems, arthritis, and other risk factors. A care provider can provide physical support to help your parent manage these tasks more safely and efficiently.
• Personal care assistance. The elements of personal care tasks such as toileting, bathing, and grooming can lead to your parent losing their balance or slipping and experiencing a fall. A care provider can help with these tasks so that your parent can fulfill them properly, but also more safely.
• Handling tasks around the house. For a senior with increased fall risk, taking care of their home can be a challenge. A care provider can help them with housekeeping tasks, such as taking out the trash, tidying up, and doing light laundry.
• Supporting healthy lifestyle choices. A care provider can encourage your parent to make the types of lifestyle choices that will help them to keep their body healthier and reduce fall risk. This can include staying physically active with exercises that they enjoy and that will keep their muscles and joints strong, flexible, and healthy, and eating well.
What can you do?
If you have noticed increased challenges in your senior’s life, you are concerned about their well-being or quality of life, or you simply feel that they might benefit from extra attention, now may be the perfect time for you to consider starting home care for them. An in-home senior care services provider can be in the home with your parent on a customized schedule to ensure that they have access to the highly personalized services that they need when they need them.
This means that their individual needs, challenges, and limitations will be addressed in a way that is right for them, and that you can have greater peace of mind knowing that even when you are not with your parent, they are in good hands. These services can range from providing safe and reliable transportation that encourages independence and ensures their needs are met, to providing physical assistance with personal care tasks such as bathing and eating. Whatever the tasks, they will be designed to promote the best quality of life possible for your loved one.
If you or an aging senior in your life are considering home care services in Yorba Linda, CA, please contact the caring staff at In Home Care Solutions today. Call (949) 250-0125 to speak with our caring staff.
Dr. Kay got her medical education in Brazil.
Dr. Kay also has a master degree in Film and Television from UCLA and has been an adviser for medical television shows.
Dr. Kay is very active in the Health Industry. She is a member of the American Board of Home Care, the National Association of Home Care, CAHSAH, California Association of Health Services at Home. She co-chairs the education committee for the Down with Falls Coalition. Dr. Kay is in the speaker’s bureau for the coalition helping educate health care professionals and the community on fall risks, diabetes, adverse drug reaction, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, dehydration and nutrition, etc…. for older adults.
Dr. Kay was nominated by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) as the Remarkable Woman of 2008.
Dr. Kay is actively involved in many philanthropy and non-profit organizationssuch as the American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen, the Philharmonic Society, Women Helping Women, Youth Employment Services, E-Women, Women Sage, Plasticos Foundation, CIELO and others.
Dr. Kay’s passion is to assist seniors to live long and thrive in the comfort of their own home.
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