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Falling is a significant problem for the elderly. Many elderly people have weak bones from osteoporosis, for example, that can spontaneously break and result in a fall.
Falls are a risk for a large segment of people around the country, both in homes as well as in the healthcare setting. Sometimes, falls are simply not preventable. However, certain interventions can be taken, depending on the individuals, which will maintain a degree of independence and quality of life desired by the resident and his or her family.
Many elderly people are at risk for falling because of serious medical problems, decreased appetite and decreased mobility.
Some risk factors for falling include:
Effects of Aging
Various age-related reasons that may cause falls include:
What if Someone Falls?
The staff will try to minimize the risk of your family member falling. If your loved one should fall, one or more of the following may be conducted by the nurses:
Falls and Restraints
If your loved one fell at home it may not be possible to prevent all falls in an aging services residence. Some families request that we use restraints for persons who fall.
For most residents, restraint use is not an effective solution as it may cause additional problems. Persons in restraints usually experience more serious injuries when they do fall. Often their efforts to release themselves from the restraint result in a fall with injuries.
What You can do to Help
For more information, please visit Golden Living Centers.