Keeping Your Loved One Safe
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported the following statistics:
- Falls are the leading cause of death and disability in persons aged 65 and over
- 1 in 3 older adults fall each year, and women are 3 times more likely to be hospitalized for falls than men
- 80% of hip fractures occur in women
- Approximately 50% of older adults hospitalized for a hip fracture are unable to return home or live independently after the injury
Because approximately 50 - 60% of all falls among older adults occur at home, the CDC recommends that a senior's home be assessed for potential hazards. Your free initial visit by a Hopewell RN provides an opportunity to identify potential fall hazards, perform a fall-risk assessment, and take corrective action before a fall occurs. Our Patient Information Booklet includes a section on common in-home hazards that may contribute to a fall. The initial RN visit also provides an opportunity for suggestions for assistive devices such as a cane or walker, grab bars in bathrooms, elevated toilet seat, or bed-side commode that could help prevent a fall.
Hopewell trains its caregivers on fall prevention and instructs them that "every patient is a fall risk." This mindset allows Hopewell caregivers to be constantly vigilant with their patients to prevent falls from occurring. Further, when the Hopewell RN identifies a client with a history of falling or a diagnosis that can contribute to a fall, a plan of care is implemented alerting the caregiver that the patient is at a heightened risk of a fall so that a debilitating fracture may be prevented.