Falling down is never good, but when you’ve reached a certain age, it can be downright disastrous. According to the National Council of Aging, a senior citizen is treated for a fall every 11 seconds. They are considered the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older people. All this to say that falls are pretty serious business. Along with the physical effects of falling, they can also have an impact on the emotional and mental health of your loved one. Here’s what you need to know.
What Kind of Effects Can a Fall Have on Confidence?
When a senior has a fall, they are likely to sustain injuries. Whether they’re serious or not, those injuries may impact your loved one’s ability to get around or to sit comfortably. If your loved one can no longer get from place to place quickly, they may start to feel depressed or lonely. If your loved one cannot sit comfortably on top of that, they are likely to also feel irritable and they may not get enough sleep. They may even be anxious about falling again, which can lead to becoming overly sedentary, which can have any number of negative effects. All in all, it’s important to restore their confidence so that they can get back to their lives sooner.
Validate Their Fear and Help Them Move Past It
Falling is serious business for seniors, and their fears about it are valid. Don’t tell them that there isn’t anything to worry about. There most certainly is. However, we can’t let fear stop us from living our lives. We have to keep moving. So, encourage your loved one to “get back on the horse” as they say. Now, that being said, there is no need to rush. Take things slowly and safely to restore confidence and avoid more trouble.
Clear the Way and Keep Everything Safe
Though your loved one will have help in this matter when they live here with us at Kenwood Care, if they’re still living on their own, you should make sure that there aren’t any obstacles or hazards that could lead to another fall. Things like shoes, clothing that is too long, or throw rugs could all pose a threat to your loved one, so make sure that you’re keeping the way clear.
Kenwood Care Can Help
The residents that live here at Kenwood Care enjoy personalized care every single day. Our caregivers are expertly trained and dedicated to keeping your loved ones safe and healthy throughout their stay with us. So, contact us today to learn more about how we can help your loved one stay safe from falls.