Keeping Hips Healthy with Home Care Assistance
In 2010, an estimated 258,000 seniors required treatment for hip fractures (Roberts et al., 2015). That same year, the annual United States economic burden for managing hip fractures was estimated around $20 billion. By 2011, hip fracture treatment was ranked 13th of the top-20 most expensive diagnoses for Medicare.
In addition to the direct economic impact of hip fracture treatment, there is a considerable societal impact on elderly victims and their families. According to the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, elderly hip fracture patients are elevated at risk for (1) increased rate of mortality, (2) inability to return to prior living circumstances, (3) the need for an increased level of care and supervision, (4) decreased quality of life, (5) decreased level of mobility and ambulation, and (6) secondary osteoporotic fractures, including a second or contralateral side hip fracture (Roberts et al., 2015, p. 131-132).
Unfortunately, older woman are particularly susceptible these injuries. Diminished estrogen production makes postmenopausal women more susceptible to osteoporosis and less likely to recover from hip fractures. In fact, women make up to 70% of all hip fracture patients.
According to John Hopkins Medicine, only 1 in 4 seniors make a full recovery after suffering a hip fracture. And most lose their independence. Clearly, like the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
With that in mind, today’s post is all about how home care assistance can keep your aging parents’ hips healthy. Read on to learn 3 tips to offset your risk of hip fractures–all three of which are automatically rolled into every Always Best Care Madison home care assistance program.
Hip Fractures Prevention Strategies
- Tweak your vitamin and nutrient intake for better hip health. Focus on consuming more vitamin D and calcium. Milk, cottage cheese, yogurt, sardines, and broccoli are great sources of calcium and these days most dairy is fortified with vitamin D.
If you’re coordinating remote care or seeking respite, simply inform a member of our home care assistance team about these dietary concerns. We take care of all the grocery shopping, cooking, and clean-up, and can easily factor your loved one’s calcium and vitamin D needs into the meal preparation.
Our home care assistance team can also help your loved one up their dose of vitamin D by taking them outside to soak up some sun. Whether they need a bit of company on a gentle walk or someone to wheel them around the grounds and monitor their safety, our team does it all.
- Get a bone density test. This is especially important for those who fall into higher-risk categories for osteoporosis. Knowledge is power in the fight for hip health–only once you know your loved one’s bone density status can you truly make the right accommodations.
You can delegate this task to our home care assistance team as needed. We can assist your loved one with appointment bookings and transportation, and will provide full care and support for the duration of their commute. We also lend an extra set of eyes and ears to pick up and retain important information given by your healthcare provider.
- Engage in regular weight-bearing exercise. Strengthening the muscles and improving balance is essential in the fight against hip fractures.
While not personal trainers, our home care assistance staff can monitor your loved one’s home exercise or accompany them on gentle walks and outings. We can also provide encouragement and accountability by monitoring their adherence to doctor-recommended exercise plans.
Learn More About Home Care Assistance in Madison, Wisconsin
Always Best Care Madison proudly serves Madison, Wisconsin and the surrounding area.
Call 608-315-2378 or visit our website to learn more about how home care assistance program can improve your loved one’s safety, comfort, and quality of life.
Roberts, K. C., Brox, W. T., Jevsevar, D. S., & Sevarino, K. (2015). Management of hip fractures in the elderly. JAAOS-Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 23(2), 131-137.