Fall Prevention: Ways to Keep Your Loved Ones Safe at Home

Fall Prevention: Ways to Keep Your Loved Ones Safe at Home

It only takes one accident – preventable or not – to dramatically impact your health and daily life.

The statistics surrounding injuries sustained in the home can be a bit shocking. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

· Each year, 3 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries.

· One out of five falls causes a serious injury, such as broken bones or a head injury.

· More than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling.

The National Institute on Aging estimates more than one in three people ages 65 years or older falls each year. And the risk of falling – and fall-related problems – rises with age.

While it’s impossible to prevent every fall or completely safety-proof your home, there are steps you can take to protect yourself or a loved one from serious injury caused by a fall. Charter offers services administered by qualified professionals that can help you be better prepared.

Skilled Home Health includes home safety evaluations and encompasses a range of services to meet care needs, including skilled nursing care, in-home rehabilitation services, counseling and education. Home health is administered by specially trained individuals who are dedicated to protecting your health and well-being. Home health aides can identify objects and clutter that increase the odds of tripping and help patients arrange their vital necessities in safe places to avoid dangerous or unnecessary moving, climbing and reaching.

Private Duty Home Care provides in-home support and assistance with day-to-day activities. A private duty caregiver comes to the home to help with a variety of tasks, from housekeeping to hygiene. (CDC data shows most falls occur when getting out of the tub or shower.) With customized services tailored to the needs of each patient, Charter can play a critical role in ensuring your home stays as safe and comfortable as possible.

It’s never too late – or too early – to think about fall prevention and safety. Charter Healthcare is happy to discuss the benefits of our services for the people you love. Contact us to learn more.