When seniors fall, they can sustain serious physical injuries ranging from bruising and cuts to broken bones and head trauma. They may also sustain emotional injuries that last for a long time after the incident. Seniors frequently withdraw from activities and situations that may have led to or contributed to their fall event. Anxiety can interfere with sleep and affect a person’s mood, eating habits, and other activities of daily living, or ADLs. Many seniors will avoid going outside, walking without assistance, riding or driving in automobiles, or participating in previously enjoyed social activities. In order to control their inner emotions, some people withdraw from others or avoid talking about the fall or their ongoing emotional distress.
Fortunately, you can take steps to help your loved ones restore their mobility. Following a fall, here are a few things you can do to help your senior go back to their daily life:
Confirm that the Elder is in Good Health
It is beneficial for someone who has fallen to hear their doctor and physical therapist confirm that their injuries have healed completely and that any necessary rehabilitation has been completed successfully.
Examine the Surroundings for Potential Tripping Hazards
A thorough inspection and correction of any issues noticed (ridges in carpet, rugs without proper no-slip backing, cluttered walkways, etc.) can provide an elder faith that any dangers have been handled.
Discuss the Incident’s Emotional Impact
Elders must be allowed to express how they feel emotionally following a fall. It is natural for them to be concerned about getting back on their feet, and they should know that those who care about them understand and are willing to talk with them about their concerns.
Create a Strategy for Regular Exercise
Being physically active allows seniors to maintain muscle strength and joint mobility. It also helps them with coordination and balance. It may help avoid any future accidents.
Consider Using a Fall Detection Device
If the family member is not already wearing a device that may be used to ask for help when they fall, preferably one that can detect when they have fallen, it is something to consider.
After a fall, many elderly people who live at home can quickly resume their regular routine. Once their injuries have healed, they will be able to move again. Even if the injuries are minor, seniors frequently react differently to a fall. It is common for older people to be afraid of falling again. This fear can cause increased anxiety, which can harm one’s physical and emotional health.
For many, this may be a sign that it is time to consider moving into a senior living community. Our 24/7 available nurses are ready to help at any time to ensure that any physical injury is treated quickly. Contact us to learn more about our empathy-driven living facilities.