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Simple Tips to Prevent Falls

Posted by paula worley on Thursday, October 23, 2014

Simple Tips to Prevent Falls

Each year, millions of adults over age 65 fall.  Fortunately, falls are largely preventable. One out of three older adults fall each year. Of those adults, less than half talk to their healthcare providers.  Caregivers with Beehive Senior care are always looking for ways to improve our client’s health and safety. There are many ways to help prevent falls. As you get older, physical changes and health conditions, and sometimes the medications used to treat those conditions, make falls more likely.  Begin your fall prevention plan by first making an appointment with your doctor. Some questions your doctor may ask:

  • What medications are you taking?
  • Have you fallen before?
  • Could your health conditions cause a fall?

Physical activity can go a long way toward fall prevention. Remember to always check with your doctor before starting a new exercise routine. Your doctor can provide information about activities that reduce the risk of falls by improving strength, balance, coordination and flexibility. Also, wearing sensible shoes and non-skid socks can help immensely. 

Removing Home hazards to make your home safer is a big step in fall prevention. Some of the things you should look for are:

  • Remove boxes, newspaper, electrical cords and phone cords form walkways.
  • Move coffee tables, magazine racks and plant stands from high traffic areas.
  • Secure loose rugs with double-sided tape, tacks or slip-resistant backing.
  • Repair loose, wooden floorboards, and carpeting right away.
  • Store clothing, dishes, food and other necessities within easy reach.
  • Immediately clean spilled liquids, grease or food.
  • Use nonslip mats in your bathtub or shower.

Lighten up your living spaces. You can avoid tripping on objects that are hard to see by keeping your home brightly lit.

  • Place night lights in your bedroom, bathroom and hallways.
  • Place a lamp within reach of your bed for middle of the night needs.
  • Make a clear path to light switches, or consider changing to switches that glow in the dark.
  • Turn on the lights before going up or down the stairs.
  • Store flashlights in easy-to-find places in case of power outages.

Assistive devices can also be used or recommended by your doctor. Assistive devices include:

  • Cane or walker to keep you steady.
  • Hand rails for both sides of stairways.
  • Nonslip treads for bare wood steps.
  • A raised toilet seat or armrests.
  • Grab bars for the shower or tub.
  • A sturdy plastic seat for the shower or tub.

Some solutions are easily installed and relatively inexpensive. If all else fails, you can always ask your doctor for a referral to an occupational therapist, to help you brainstorm other fall prevention strategies.

Sources:
http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/adultfalls.html
http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/healthy-aging/in-depth/fall-prevention/art-20047358
Beehive Senior Care, Home Safety Evaluation 


Urinary Tract Infections

Posted by Jordan Snedaker on Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) happen when bacteria in the bladder or kidney(s)
multiplies in the urine. UTIs tend to be common in the elderly. Reasons can include:
weakened bladder muscles, incontinence, catheter associated UTIs, and having an
enlarged prostate. A concerning fact is that a lot of elderly people with serious UTIs are
not even aware that they have one. The elderly have weakened immune systems and in
many cases their bodies are unable to produce the typical response to infections, such
as a fever or localized pain. With patients who have Alzheimer’s disease and dementia,
UTI symptoms can be missed because their symptoms can be presented as: agitation,
dizziness, falls, confusion, and/or hallucinations. UTIs, if not treated, can lead to kidney
failure, scarring, or even sepsis—a serious blood infection that if not treated, can lead to
death. Our caregivers at Beehive Senior Care are trained to help prevent such infections.
Some of the precautions we train them to take are: bathroom reminders—or changing
the brief—every two hours, proper cleaning of the genital area, encouraging fluid intake,
and keeping underwear clean. If there is ever a doubt of a UTI, we recommend seeking
medical advice right away. If you have a loved one who has experienced UTIs and you
are looking for a trained and compassionate caregiver, we invite you to visit our website
at www.beehiveseniorcare.com, and contact our office. We are always available to
answer your questions and be of assistance to you.