Falls are not an inevitable part of ageing.
Why is falling common to elderly people?
Falls can happen to anyone, but elderly people are more prone to fall incidents, not just because they are frail, but there are other causes of falls. These are some common (My Aged Care Gov) listed causes of falls:
- Home hazards – it could be from slippery tiles to poor lighting at home, including outside of our homes, like garden or outdoor, which don’t have handrails or are slippery, and uneven footpaths.
- Sensory and balance problem
• muscle weakness
• low vision or blindness
• poor balance
• reduced sensation
- Certain medications that could contribute to the said above (sensory & balance problems)
- Chronic diseases such as:
• Parkinson’s disease
• low vision or blindness
• hypotension (low blood pressure)
The good news is, there are ways to reduce the risk of elderly falls injuries. Examples are (My Aged Care Gov):
1.) By wearing a hip protector to prevent hip injuries/fractures and skin tears.
2.) You may also wish to consider installing a personal, medical, arm or necklace alarm, that could alert appropriate people if you fall.
3.) Removing hazards around you.
4.) Building balance and strength, by following recommended exercises for you.
A lot of our elderly loved ones are at risk of elderly falls injuries when they do things on their own. The right assistance at the right time may reduce the risk of elderly falls injuries.
The public health statistics show that falls occur in nursing homes, hospitals, and at home. Moving to a nursing home does not necessarily reduce risk of falls. Regardless of lifestyle or place of residence, the need for assistance with daily activities and lifestyle options for falls prevention need to be considered holistically for preventing elderly fall injuries.
Home care assistance North East Sydney offers compassionate, caring and understanding caregivers 24/7. Our care workers can assist with domestic needs, such as house cleaning, meal prep/cooking, laundry work and other house duties. They can also assist with personal care, like showers, stand-by assist ADLs, other home tasks, including, gardening, laundry, shopping assistance, transport when you have a doctor’s appointment or just feel like going shopping.
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By Bianca Balyot RN, Edited by Dee Schaffer, MMedSci (Clinical Epidemiology)