No one wants to hear that their beloved family member has fallen and for good reason. Falls are incredibly dangerous and they can create future health issues, too. Look for some of these signs that your senior may be more susceptible to falling so you can help her avoid that difficulty.
Her Health Is Suffering
If your elderly family member’s health in general has experienced some setbacks, that’s definitely a contributing factor to something as big as a fall. Little troubles that she’s had with things like arthritis or fluctuating blood pressure can become very big issues for her as they become worse. Pain while moving can cause her to not move as well and other health issues and even the medications that treat them can contribute to dizziness and other problems.
Her Eyes Aren’t What They Used to Be
Your elderly family member can’t avoid what she is unable to see or can’t see well. If her vision is declining rapidly, that can create a hazard for her in terms of maneuvering throughout her home safely. Increasing the lighting in your senior’s home may help some but there could be other solutions, too. Talk with your senior’s eye doctor to determine if there’s more that can be done.
Her Activity Levels Have Decreased
Gradually almost every aging adult slows down a little bit. That may not be a problem unless your elderly family member has gone from an already fairly sedentary lifestyle to one in which she hardly moves at all. Her muscles can lose strength and mass, making it difficult for them to help her to walk and to stand safely. Your senior’s doctor can help you both to find the right solution, whether that’s using mobility aids for support or starting an exercise program.
It’s Difficult for Her to Walk or She Has Mobility Problems
One big reason that many aging adults decrease their activity levels is because they already have problems walking or getting around safely. If your elderly family member has arthritis in her lower body or if she’s experienced injuries, these can all create mobility issues that are only going to get worse if they’re ignored. Physical therapy is one possible solution, especially if your elderly family member is going to try using assistive devices like a walker or a cane to help her move more and move safely.
If your senior is experiencing any of these contributing factors, she may need some extra help around the house. Home health care providers can help her to manage household tasks and be there for her to assist with any mobility troubles she’s having.
If you or a loved one are considering Home Health Care Services near Paradise PA, contact the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Lancaster. Call today at (717) 205-2174.
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