Posts Tagged ‘elderly fall’

Unintentional Injuries: How Can You Protect Yourself?

According to the National Safety Council, more than 145,000 deaths in 2015 were the result of unintentional injuries. Topping the list is poisoning, usually as a result of a prescription drug overdose. Motor vehicle crashes come in second for unintentional-injury-related deaths. Everyone can do their part to make the roads safer by not texting while driving or driving while tired or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

In terms of unintentional injuries, the elderly are especially at risk for dying from falls or suffocation by choking. Fortunately there are many steps you can take to reduce your risk for falls. Keeping floors clear and uncluttered, making sure indoor and outdoor lighting is sufficient for visibility, installing grab bars and no-slip mats in showers and tubs, and keeping often-used items easily accessible are just a few ways you can reduce fall risk. In addition, staying active and practicing yoga or tai chi can improve balance and coordination, which can significantly reduce your risk of falling.

For more information on fall prevention and protecting yourself from unintentional injury or death, visit the National Safety Council’s website.

Why You Should Consider In Home Care

 

happy senior woman on wheelchair with caregiver

Have you noticed that mom and dad are just not taking care of themselves like they used to? Are bills and mail piling up around the house? Is the lawn in need of attention? Does their physical appearance indicate that maybe they haven’t kept on top of their personal hygiene? Perhaps it’s something they said—maybe even joking around—that leaves you with a nagging worry about how they are doing on their own. Sometimes it happens much more quickly, such as a cancer or Alzheimer’s diagnosis or a bad fall, and suddenly you are scrambling to find the right kind of care. You want to be there for them as much as possible but you have your career, spouse and children to take care of. Your loved one wants to retain their independence in their own home. What do you do?

Fortunately, an in-home care company such as Home Care Plus can be just what you and your loved one need. Using a trusted, respected local company helps ensure your loved one gets the best care when you can’t be there. Home Care Plus caregivers are professional, qualified, compassionate and dependable. They can help around the house with light housekeeping and meals. Our caregivers offer a helping hand with personal hygiene, medication reminders, transportation to appointments and prescription pick-up and more. Home Care Plus offers peace of mind that your loved one is safe, eating nutritious meals, taking their medications safely, and has daily companionship. Call us today at 843-628-3642 for a free quote!