There are plenty of things for people to worry about, especially when concerned about an elderly loved one at home. Whether this senior is living alone or not, there can be certain safety issues to address.
As a person gets older, depending on their health issues, physical strength, and other factors, there could be a wide range of risks to consider. Here are some risks, especially those that may lead to a fall, that can be a serious safety concern for seniors at home.
The risk of injuries increases as a person gets older. This is not just related to diminished strength and muscle mass, but also a greater likelihood of frail bone structure.
There are many factors that contribute to injuries for people of all ages, but there’s plenty of evidence to support the notion that as people get older, the risk of injury increases, even for simple slips and falls.
Increased mortality risks.
If an elderly person, 65 or over, breaks their hip, their mortality rate within a year is between 14% and 58%; the risk increases by 4% each year (Schnell et al). That’s greater than one in four seniors in this age group may not survive a year if they break their hip. Understanding this highlights how important it is for seniors to take their safety seriously.
No one wants to see their loved one facing such a serious emergency, and the best way to avoid these types of situations is to encourage improved safety and more awareness for the elderly individual at home.
Being unable to call for help.
If a person slips and falls and cannot get up to reach the phone to call for help, they could theoretically be there for several hours or even days. This can be a life-threatening situation quickly, especially if the senior becomes dehydrated, has other injuries, or requires extremely important prescription medications they can’t take if they can’t reach anything.
Every person is at risk of falling, even young adults. Most of the time, though, if a person in their 20s, 30s, or 40s slips, they have the strength and agility to regain their balance, so they never really think of it beyond that initial moment.
A person in their 70s, 80s, or 90s, on the other hand, may not have the strength and agility to maintain their balance. If they don’t, a simple slip could have devastating consequences. That’s why safety with regard to falls is so important for seniors at home.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Sun City/West, AZ, contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands Home Care at (480) 725-7002.