A local home health caregiver can help significantly minimize the risk of falling for elderly in the Dallas, Texas area. Care Mountain home health care provides the best caregivers in the Dallas, Texas area experienced at helping local elderly minimize their risk of falling and requiring care for a broken hip or some other resultant injury.
Often when I meet and elderly person that has developed a heightened fear of falling, they have compensated for this elevated fear by cutting back on their activities. Realizing which activities may set you outside your boundaries of healthy limits is certainly prudent, but when driven my a strong emotion such as fear, then many tend to overcompensate by cutting back their activity, which can have unintended consequences. Staying active is one of the most important things an elderly person can do to minimize the risk of falling.
An elderly person in the Dallas area with dementia may not understand the importance activity plays in reducing falls, but I assure you others do. I say this because too many people overemphasize the importance of education in minimizing the risk of falls in the elderly. Most of us have gotten quite wiser as we got older, so the last thing that really helps us is when people keep telling us what is best for us. We already know! Our challenge is overcoming the barriers to doing what we already know is best.
Fear of falling for an elderly person often sets in because something scared them into thinking they could have serious consequences from an increasingly likely fall. Having a fall or near fall themselves, or hearing about someone near their age that had fallen and ended up in a very undesirable condition, are some common ways this fear sets in. One of the activities this fear causes them to cut back on is that of getting out of the house and into a social setting. I have found the longer we sit at home alone, the more we tend to think about things that are not positive, and the more we think of these things, the bigger they seem to get. A perpetual cycle sets in – the more we sit alone at home thinking about the fear of falling, the more activity we seem to need to cut back on to address this growing fear. And, the less we do for ourselves, the more we lose the ability and self confidence to maintain our current level of independence.
A home health caregiver in an elderly person’s Dallas area home can give them the sense of security to do activity that they would otherwise not feel comfortable doing alone. And a really good caregiver will be an enabler of enhancing independence for their patient by helping that person to help themselves, so that their self confidence increases. One of the biggest compliments I can get from a client is when they tell me that since a Care Mountain caregiver has been coming into their home, they have been now increasingly doing more for themselves.
This reminded me of a few years back when Lewis called us for home health care in Bedford, TX. When I met Lewis in his home everything, including himself, seemed un-kept. He was 88 years old and had lost his wife just over a year ago. The paramedics had been to his home three times over the last four months to help him up off the floor from a fall. He used a walker, but could ambulate well without other assistance. It was obvious he was struggling to deal with the loss of his wife of 70 years.
As I got to know Lewis he talked about prior to his wife’s passing he would spend some time in his backyard workshop, and his wife would often drive them to a local restaurant. We matched him up with a caregiver name Claudia that came by five days a week four hours daily. She found out he loved to eat at Whataburger, so that was one of the first places we got him out to. When she walked into the local Whataburger with him it was like the TV show Cheers – everyone new his name….Lewis! He never stopped smiling the whole 40 minutes he was there. The great thing about Whataburger is that it became a regular place we took him to that gave Lewis something to look forward to. Overcoming a big reason elderly don’t want to put the effort/pain into improving is not having anything to look forward to as a motivator. We were also able to get him back into his workshop too, which he did a lot of activity there while standing. After we helped Lewis get back involved in activity he did not experience another fall for over 17 months.
There are many good sources out there to identify additional means outside of hiring a caregiver to minimize the risk of falls. Some of these can be found at: The Mayo Clinic, WebMD, and The National Council on Aging. Also the fine folks at the local Baylor Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy, HealthSouth and Methodist Rehabilitation Hospital can be a great help too.CLICK HERE FOR FAQ
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