Prevent Serious Falls and Hospitalizations with Non Medical Senior Care
Today’s post is all about how Always Best Care Madison’s non medical senior care service can prevent serious falls and hospitalizations for older Wisconsinites.
Understanding Fall and Hospitalization Risks
More than 1 in 4 older Wisconsinites fall each year, and 1 out of 5 falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or head trauma. In 2015, the total medical costs for falls totaled more than $50 billion, according to research by the Journal of American Geriatrics Society.
Additionally, falls are the most common reason for non-fatal injuries treated at Emergency Departments in the United States. And for many seniors, hospitalization is a serious health risk.
In fact, according to a seminal study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine back in 1993, the conditions of hospitalizations–which may include enforced immobilization, sensory deprivation, and negative dietary changes–can “thrust vulnerable older persons into a state of irreversible functional decline” (Creditor, 1993, pp. 219-220).
Newer research is reinforcing these findings. According to Robert Wilson, professor of neurological and behavioral sciences at Rush University Medical Center, hospitalization may accelerate cognitive decline in older adults.
“Essentially, it’s as if people became 10 years older, from a cognitive standpoint, than they actually were before a hospitalization,” Dr. Wilson said.
Clearly, falls are a serious problem for Madison seniors. Even those who escape life-threatening injury in the initial fall may experience an irreversible health decline as a result of their hospitalization.
Fortunately, you can significantly lower senior fall and hospitalization risk with the help of our non medical senior care services.
Preventing Falls and Hospitalizations With Non Medical Senior Care
These are just a few of the ways that Always Best Care Madison can fall-proof your home and keep your aging parents safe:
- Fall-proof the home. Our non medical senior care team can clean, organize, and maintain your aging parents’ home to dramatically decrease the risk of falling.
- Assist with the activities of daily living (ADLs). Many falls occur when seniors are dressing, bathing, preparing food, or toileting. We assist with all ADLs as needed, so your loved one need never face those falling hazards on their own.
- Strengthen the physician-patient relationship. Our non medical senior care team can schedule eye check-ups and doctor visits, provide reminders of upcoming appointments, offer transportation and escort on the day-of, and even sit in on consultations to report back to you with any special instructions. In this way, we strengthen the physician-patient relationship (which often declines as we age and become less mobile), and increase the odds of identifying and treating fall risk factors early.
- Monitor your aging parents’ day-to-day health. Our non medical senior care team works closely with your loved one, tending to their needs on a daily basis, which puts them in a great position to spot any declines in eyesight, balance, or strength.
- Promote strength and fight frailty with proper diet. As mobility and independence decline, many seniors opt for convenience foods, which can accelerate physical decline in ways that up their risk of falling. Our non medical senior care team can shop for groceries and prepare healthy meals filled with bone-building calcium and muscle-building protein.
- Create safe opportunities for exercise. Fighting frailty is key for reducing fall risk. Our non medical senior care workers can accompany your loved one on gentle walks and other outings to help meet weekly activity goals and boost balance.
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Creditor, M. C. (1993). Hazards of hospitalization of the elderly. Annals of Internal Medicine, 118(3), 219-223.
Florence, C. S., Bergen, G., Atherly, A., Burns, E., Stevens, J., & Drake, C. (2018). Medical costs of fatal and nonfatal falls in older adults. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 66(4), 693-698.
Wilson, R. S., Hebert, L. E., Scherr, P. A., Dong, X., Leurgens, S. E., & Evans, D. A. (2012). Cognitive decline after hospitalization in a community population of older persons. Neurology, 78(13), 950-956.