At PeachTree Place Assisted Living Community in the West Haven and Ogden area, we understand that pinpointing why seniors fall and how to prevent future falls is an ongoing concern. The injuries and trauma experienced by seniors who have fallen continue to plague those members of our society who are vulnerable and may require assistance from friends, family members or caregivers. Senior falls can result in injuries from hip damage that requires hospitalization and replacement. Some extreme cases also occur where such falls can cause loss of life. The communal environment in an assisted living community can provide a sense of security. The additional layer of safety and protection we offer for the most seasoned members of our society can bring some relief to you and your loved ones. Protect those you love by placing them in the stable hands of the care providers at PeachTree Place Assisted Living Community.
Causes Of Senior Falls
Unfortunately, there are multiple causes behind the reason seniors fall. These reasons include biological, medicinal, physiological and mental factors. Seniors are often required to take medications that cause sleepiness, dizziness or confusion. In many cases, they have trouble walking, poor balance, and slower reflexes due to illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease. Let’s not forget the plethora of physiological obstacles including:
- Poor muscle tone
- Blood pressure drops
- Foot pain
- Sensory problems
- Poor vision
One out of every three seniors over the age of 65 falls every year in the US. The safety and well-being of our residents are the top priorities for the staff and management of PeachTree Place Assisted Living Community.
Injuries That Can Result From A Fall
To younger individuals, a fall may seem like a minuscule non-threatening component of life that everyone experiences. Later in life, a fall can be of much greater concern. Often, head trauma and bone fractures are a very serious consequence of senior falls. The most common bones affected are:
Many seniors have lost their lives from complications of hip replacement surgeries resulting from a fall. In 2013, nearly 25,000 people over the age of 65 lost their lives dues to unintentional fall injuries.
We Can Help
At PeachTree Place Assisted Living Community, we encourage physical activity to improve strength, muscle tone, mobility and flexibility in our community members. We provide a secure environment that reduces obstacles that may contribute to falls. We also provide constant on-site assistance and monitoring. If you have any questions or would like to find out more about our assisted-living community serving the West Haven, Ogden, and surrounding communities, please feel free to give us a call today.