Updated: Jul 12, 2021
Aging is natural. We all know this, and we need to be on the lookout for when our loved ones start having challenges in their day-to-day lives. One of the biggest challenges for your loved one is falling and after a fall, your aging family member may feel embarrassed or afraid.
Here are signs to look for:
1- Change in Clothing
You may notice them wearing clothing to cover up the bruises because this prevents people from seeing them and reduces the chance of being asked, “How did that happen?”
2- Cancelling Plans or Avoiding Certain Places
When an aging family member falls, they start to lose confidence. Losing confidence often means your loved ones will start to avoid places where they may fall, such as those with stairs, or where there may be a lot of people, or places where there is grass or uneven landscapes. Your loved one may suggest places where they can sit more and walk less.
Confidence goes down, and embarrassment and fear take over an aging person’s mind once they have fallen. If you ask about bruises, or wounds, they may blow it off as no big deal such as “I just forgot to put the bath mat back down. It’s no big deal.” Others may play the blame game. While others may become annoyed or agitated.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are a leading cause of trauma-related hospital admissions among the elderly. If your loved one has balancing or walking issues or have experienced a fall, they may benefit from a fall prevention program. Seniors Home Services offers a Safe and Steady Fall Prevention program that can help you identify risk factors in your home, or in your senior loved one’s home, and take steps to reduce the risks of suffering a fall.
Click here to tell us a little about your loved one’s needs and your concerns. We will match you with a consultant who will be able to be your go-to person in helping your aging loved one stay safe in their environment.