Slips, trips, and falls in the elderly
One of the most common physical traumas an elderly person may experience as they age are falls. Falls can happen due to poor footwear, extreme weather conditions, dehydration, dizziness, or health conditions such as heart failure, diabetes or stroke.
Falls are a cause for concern as they can result in serious injury and at times, fatality. Elderly bones take far longer to heal which is why preventative measures must be in place to avoid such events from happening.
Preventative measures and solutions for falls in the elderly
When the risk of falling is high, people tend to set up care for themselves or their loved one. Most people will opt for the traditional solution of a care home but this may not always be suitable, especially as the risk of falls is 3 times higher in a care home, compared to receiving care at home.
Care at home, otherwise known as 'domiciliary care', is an ideal option for many, when paired with suitable mobility aids and/or personal alarms. Trinity Homecare, is just one example of 'outstanding' rated care, that works for those who may not need full time support. Local to Chessington and the areas of London and Surrey, they can provide live-in care and visiting care, bespoke to your needs.
Homecare providers such as Trinity Homecare offer care needs assessments to help you determine the level of support you need. They may also advise on mobility aids or products for inside and outside the home.
At Wheelfreedom, we also offer a similar service. Our health assessments assess your mobility and living needs so that you can find tailored solutions that will help you remain independent.
Wheelchairs and other mobility aids may be a suitable solution for someone who has just had a recent fall. However, mobility aids are also a great way to prevent falls and other accidents from happening.