Falls can be very serious for elderly adults. Each year millions of seniors experience falls and a large percentage of these will need medical attention in the emergency room or even an extended hospitalization in order to manage the injuries that they sustained as a result of the fall. Though elderly adults are at higher risk of suffering a fall due to many different factors, including basic changes that come with aging, there are health challenges and problems that can further increase the chances that a senior will experience a fall. One of these is Parkinson’s disease. Seniors with Parkinson’s disease are likely to experience symptoms such as dizziness, fainting, compromised gait and movement, slowness of movement, and tremors that can put them at higher risk of suffering a fall. As their family caregiver, it is important to take steps to reduce this fall risk to keep your parents safe and healthy as they progressed through their Parkinson’s disease.
Use these tips to help reduce fall risk in seniors living with Parkinson’s disease:
- Integrate elderly care in to your normal care routine. And elderly home care services provider can be with your aging parent to provide them with dedicated, personalized services tailored toward managing their balance or movement challenges to reduce the risk that they will fall. These care providers can also help to address issues within the home that may increase fall risk, such as clutter
- Encourage your aging parent to participate in physical exercise as often as possible. staying physically active while progressing through Parkinson’s disease helps to reduce the impact of the physical symptoms and support your parent and maintaining as much control over their body as possible. Physical exercise also helps to improve physical condition which can reduce negative consequences should your parent experience a fall
- Make meaningful modifications throughout their home that can reduce the chances that they will fall. These modifications can include adding a chair lift or other such device to allow your parent to avoid going up and down the stairs, removing clutter and floor coverings that could cause your parents a trip, and ensuring that there are grab bars installed throughout the home for your parent to use for support
- Make sure that your parent has proper physical support and assistance when getting up or sitting down as these instances tend to be when seniors will experience dizziness or fainting
If you have been looking for a way to enhance your aging parent’s quality of life as they age in place, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting elderly care for them. An elderly home care services provider can be in the home with your senior on a customized schedule that is right not just for their needs, but also for the amount of care that you give them on a regular basis. This means that they will have access to all of the care, support, and assistance that they need while also easing your stress and ensuring that you can focus on the other aspects of your life as well. These services can include safe and reliable transportation, medication reminders, assistance with personal care tasks, support for activities of daily living, companionship, meal preparation, and more.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering elderly care in San Jose, CA, please contact the caring staff at Bay Area Home Care. Call today 650-938-4031.