Healing and Senior Care After a Fall


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By Shawn Turcotte

Owner of Home Instead Senior Care Edmonton, CPCA

Caregiver accompanying a senior to the doctor Falling down is no fun at any age. When you are older, bruises and aches can hinder an elderly person’s sense of independence. Even with all precautions taken, falls can happen at any time when they least expect it. Sometimes, a loose rug can come in the way; sometimes a pet can trip them up. Other times it can indicate a more significant issue such as a road accident or a fall down the stairs.

Prevention is worth a pound of cure. However, what you do after a fall is just as important or even more than any preventative measures you take. It is essential that you seek a medical assessment after a fall as it might be a sign of a new or severe medical condition that needs treatment. Getting back on your feet is critical to your overall health. The right senior care can keep you or your loved one living independently at home.

6 Items a Senior Should Have Checked After a Fall

At Home Instead Senior Care Edmonton, we understand the desire to continue living life as independently as possible. Your elderly parent can bounce back faster when they talk to their doctor about the following:

  1. Assessing for possible new illnesses. Your loved one may have experienced a variety of symptoms before the fall. It is a good idea to let their doctor know what they were experiencing and how quickly these changes occurred before the fall.
  2. Reviewing their blood pressure and pulse reading while sitting and standing. This is very important especially if they felt lightheaded just before the fall. If there are blood pressure issues, request the doctor to make sure there is no sharp drop or rise when they sit or stand.
  3. Request for blood tests. Blood count can fluctuate sharply with a fall. If your loved one has diabetes, keeping their glucose log handy can be very helpful, especially since low blood sugar can cause falls but does not always show up on blood tests.
  4. Reviewing all medications. There is no magic pill to keep a person healthy. As we age and our body changes, drugs may actually increase your elderly loved one’s risk of falls.
  5. Watching how they walk. A doctor can assess if there are issues with gait and balance. Pre-existing aches and pains may cause problems with balance and result in a fall.
  6. Evaluating for possible heart conditions or neurological ailments. It is possible for cardiac problems or blood pressure changes to develop suddenly. It might be an indication of a chronic neurological condition such as Parkinson’s disease.

Healing after a fall includes assessing for other subtle reasons behind the accident. Seeking the expertise of their doctor can help rule out other issues that could develop into potentially dangerous conditions. Home Instead Senior Care serves families and their senior loved ones to remain living independently. Our caregivers are highly trained and ready to help you care for your aged loved one and their health even after a fall. Read some of our caregivers reviews.

Call us at (780) 439-9990 to schedule a no-obligation in-home consultation. Learn more about the compassionate, quality home care we deliver each day to families in our com

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