If the senior in your life falls and is able to return home, count your blessings, because a majority of people over age 65 who fall either never leave the hospital or are moved into assisted living facilities.
The bad news doesn’t stop there. Most senior fallers are statistically repeat fallers, and a subsequent injury, particularly if it’s a hip or other re-injury, is very difficult to overcome. Because of these physical challenges, many recovering seniors develop an intense fear of another fall. As a result, they reduce or eliminate their social interaction and physical activity. The consequential loneliness, depression, and physical decline often create a downward spiral that is difficult to reverse.
Given the risks involved, it’s important to help seniors recover from falls to the greatest extent possible, so that they may enjoy their lives and not live in fear. [Read more…]