Slips and falls are hazardous for us all – but they can be especially painful and dangerous for the elderly. Therefore, preventing falls in seniors is key to keeping them safe at home, for the long term. We offer home care in Burlington, Oakville, and Mississauga, and one of our goals is reducing the risk of slips and falls. Here are some of our best tips for fall prevention in the elderly. Read More »
As we get older, falls are more dangerous for our bones and our overall health. A bad fall can reduce your mobility and impact your ability to be independent. Thankfully, there are simple steps you can take to reduce your chances of a fall. And what better time to implement these changes than fall prevention month? Read More »
Slips and fall accidents are one of the most common reasons seniors visit the emergency room. And as we age, the physical risks associated with falling increases due to decreased muscle mass, weight loss, and brittle bones. This can result in slip and fall accidents causing extended hospital stays, physical damaged, and emotional suffering. To prevent lasting damage, it’s important to respond to falls quickly and ensure that medical attention is swiftly received. Read More »
National Injury Prevention Day, recognized this year on July 5, was created with the hope of drawing more attention on how to predict and prevent common injuries. Did you know that 85% of hospitalizations of Canadian seniors are due to falls? As the number of older adults continues to rise in Canada, it is critical to share resources and information on preventing injuries in seniors. Read More »
With the holiday festivities behind us we in the northern hemisphere will prepare to settle in for a long cold winter. Winters shorter days can leave us feeling lethargic and often depressed from lack of sunlight. Some people are affected more than others this time of year. Read More »
Imagine being afraid of getting up to walk to the kitchen or feeling trepidation of checking the mail? Just think of how it would be if you were filled with fear every time the temperature dropped below freezing? If you have a fear of falling, these are all real situations. This is the reality for 1.5 million seniors in Canada.
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Falling is unpleasant for everyone, but for seniors it could dangerous or even life threatening. Even small falls can cause injuries that may affect seniors for the rest of their lives. It’s always good to stop and consider the steps that can be taken to protect the seniors in your care from falling:
Have a Plan for the Winter- With the cold weather just around the corner, we are forced to think about that four letter word…s-n-o-w! When sidewalks and roads get icy, the risk of slips and falls increases exponentially. It is important to have a plan in place to deal with that risk. A good start is to purchase good quality boots with adequate traction and to make sure that driveways, stairs, and sidewalks are always free of ice and snow.
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As we grow older, our bodies aren’t as strong as they used to be. It’s a fact that as human beings we don’t want to recognize our loss of strength because it means we’re getting old. The fact is we’re going to get old no matter what. As we get older we are more susceptible to falling and hurting ourselves. The highest cause of injury for people 65 and older is falling. One in three seniors will fall every year and of the ones that fall, 30 percent will fall again within the next six months.
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