Don’t Let the Golden Years Slip You By

February 28, 2018

Did you know that falls are the leading cause of non-fatal and fatal injuries for older Americans? New analysis conducted by the medical industry point to high health risks caused by simple ground level falls that can greatly impact the quality of life.

In some instances, hospitalization or surgery may be required, followed by weeks or months of physical or mental therapy, or the incorporation of walking aids in the recovery process. Depending on the severity of the fall, medical complications, especially in the elderly population, can lead to death. In addition to the cost of hospital and therapy already on the rise, one must contend with other physical and emotional issues, such as chronic pain and depression, which can exacerbate the situation.

What can be done to minimize the risk of falling for older adults? Prevention is the key. Simple, yet effective adjustments in your household and lifestyle may protect you or your loved one from these potentially fatal falls. Safe-proofing the home is a great start. This can aid in the prevention of unnecessary health risks associated with slip and fall home accidents in the elderly, more specifically, in adults beyond 70 years of age.

Taking measures to avoid these painful and oftentimes profound fall accidents are simple. Here are some examples: wear proper footwear, maintain non-slippery flooring, avoid cluttered walk-through floor spaces, remove carpets and rugs, and maintain areas of the home well lit, especially at night.

Exercise is also instrumental in promoting good physical health. Physical activity reduces the risk of falling by increasing muscle strength and improving balance. Be sure to schedule regular health care and vision check-ups as well.

In other instances, if an elderly person already experiences difficulty in walking, it is essential to visit a specialist as soon as practical. Preventative care can eliminate painful and more serious health hardships down the road.

Caregivers are also a great option to assist in daily care. Remember, prevention is essential. Those patients already on long-term physical care may present a challenge to caregivers, since simple activities we take for granted, such as getting in and out of a chair or bed can become a strain on caregivers. The key is to avoid reaching this phase by exercising awareness and discipline. The caregiver that you select should exercise common sense and be knowledgeable in fall prevention techniques in the elderly.

Don’t become a statistic! Living with independence has no price. Take control of your life by implementing wise, inexpensive but important measures in your home, such as: wearing proper footwear, participating in exercise routine programs and setting regular health care check-ups. Adopting these measures everyday may significantly aid in the maintenance of a healthy and independent quality of life.

At OC Estate & Elder Law we have helped clients improve their quality of life by providing common sense advice on Elder Law issues. If you have questions about the content described above, contact us at (954) 251-0332 or for competent legal advice and a free consultation.