When we have children and an elderly person at home we must be extra cautious and alert as they might be more prone to danger and accidents.
Let’s talk about the most common, slip and fall. In some study, it states that one in three adults aged 65 and older falls each year. Here are more study facts about fall:
- One out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury
- Each year, 3 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries.
- Over 800,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury, most often because of a head injury or hip fracture.
- Each year at least 300,000 older people are hospitalized for hip fractures.
- More than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling, usually by falling sideways.
- Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries.
- In 2015, the total medical costs for falls totaled more than $50 billion. Medicare and Medicaid shouldered 75% of these costs.
What might be the cause for people most especially the elderly fall from time to time?
- Lower body weakness
- Vitamin D deficiency (that is, not enough vitamin D in your system)
- Difficulties with walking and balance
- Use of medicines, such as tranquilizers, sedatives, or antidepressants. Even some over-the-counter medicines can affect balance and how steady you are on your feet.
- Vision problems
- Foot pain or poor footwear
- Home hazards or dangers such as
- broken or uneven steps, and
- throw rugs or clutter that can be tripped over.
How to avoid fall?
- Ensure that call lights or other methods of signaling for attention are easily within reach.
- Remove obstacles on the floor, such as power cords, floor mats, and clutter.
- Clean up spills or debris quickly.
- Keep outside paths clear of snow and ice.
- Utilize shower seats and handles where possible.
- Monitor their blood pressure all the time, here is an easy to use blood pressure monitor.
In case a senior has fallen and doesn’t seem badly hurt, help them find a comfortable position. Treat minor bumps and bruises by elevating the injured area and applying an ice pack for about 10 minutes. If you notice signs of serious bleeding, bruising, or swelling in any part help them get emergency medical care especially if it appears seriously hit in the head, neck, back, hips, or thighs, ask them not to move and call 911 or local emergency services. Reassure them and keep them warm until help arrives. If they stop breathing, perform CPR.
In any case you might need some medical emergency kits, blood pressure monitor, emergency alarm watch and any other things you might need to be ready for any emergency check products from Alert Care Inc. We hope this article gives you more information on how to handle such emergency case.