Reducing Slip-and-Fall Accidents with Help from an In-Home Caregiver

Reducing Slip-and-Fall Accidents with Help from an In-Home CaregiverThis year one in three seniors over the age of 65 will have a fall. More than two million will visit the emergency room after falling, and the possibility of a broken hip or a traumatic brain injury is very real. For those with elderly loved ones, it’s a pretty frightening picture, but the good news is that the frequency of slip and fall accidents can easily be reduced. The first line of defense? An attentive in-home caregiver.

Seniors and others suffer falls for a variety of reasons. Your loved one’s in-home caregiver will be on the lookout for common causes of slip-and-fall accidents like cluttered walkways and staircases, throw rugs, and missing hand rails in bathrooms. They can offer advice about proper storage of commonly used items so your family member never has to use a ladder or step-stool to reach a high cupboard. A professional geriatric care manager, working with an in-home caregiver, can also monitor prescriptions that might cause dizziness or drowsiness, which can make your relative more prone to a fall. Finally, an in-home caregiver is able to ovserve day-to-day changes in your loved one’s balance and eyesight and other changes in condition, ensuring quick medical intervention should a serious concern arise.

By working with an in-home caregiver to carefully watch over your family member’s health and surroundings, you can reduce the risk of a dangerous fall, and help your loved one enjoy a good quality of life for many years to come.

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Tim Colling

Tim Colling is the founder and President of A Servant's Heart In-Home Care, which provided in-home caregiving services in San Diego County, and also of A Servant's Heart Geriatric Care Management, which provided
professional geriatric care management services and long term care placement services in San Diego County. Tim has more than 30 years of experience in management in a variety of industries. He held a Certified Care Manager credential from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Tim is also a Certified Public Accountant (retired), and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from California State University at San Diego. In addition to writing blog posts here for the Servant’s Heart blog, Tim also is a regular contributor to HealthLine.com and to FamilyAffaires.com as well as blogs of other eldercare services provider companies. Finally, Tim is also the president of A Servant's Heart Web Design and Marketing, which provides home care marketing as well as website design and online marketing for those who serve the elderly and their families.

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