Did you know that falls are a major reason that seniors lose their independence?
According to statistics, one out of three people over the age of 65 will fall each year, which can lead to mild to serious injuries that may require extended hospital stays and rehabilitation at a nursing home facility. Fortunately, falls are a problem that is largely preventable.
Here are a few factors to consider:
- Have you fallen in the past year? People who have fallen once are likely to fall again.
- Have you been advised to use a cane or walker? People who have been advised to use a mobility assistance device may already be more likely to fall without one.
- Do you feel unsteady when walking? Unsteadiness while walking is a sign of poor balance.
- Do you need to push with your hands to stand up from a chair or have trouble stepping up onto a curb? This is a sign of weak leg muscles, a major reason for falling.
- Have you lost feeling in your feet and toes? Numbness in your feet can cause stumbles and lead to falls.
- Do you take medicines that make you tired or dizzy? Side effects from some medicines can sometimes increase your chance of falling.
These are just some of the considerations you and your loved ones should evaluate with your primary care physician. If your health care provider determines that you could benefit from physical therapy, Liberty HomeCare & Hospice Services can conduct an evaluation and may be able to support your needs.
We want to assure the best care possible for our patients, and helping them stay in their homes and stay safe while there is our core focus. If you’d like to learn more please contact us and let us help you remain safely at home for as long as possible.