A hip fracture is one of the worst bone breaks a senior can face. In a 2010 article by the Geriatric Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation, it’s said that approximately 21 percent of seniors pass away within a year of breaking their hip. The rates are lower for women at 19.7 percent.
This doesn’t mean that a hip fracture has to be deadly. There are things your mom can do to recover well. If you work with her to make sure she follows her doctor’s recommendations, she can be back to her normal activities in weeks.
Get a Bone Density Screening
If your mom has not had her bone density checked, schedule this important test. Strong bones are one of the best ways to prevent a bone fracture. If her bone density is poor, there are medications she can take to strengthen them.
Join Fitness Classes to Improve Balance and Stamina
Many hip fractures occur when a person falls sideways. The hip bone takes the bulk of the impact in a sideways fall. Some falls are unavoidable, but others can be avoided if your mom’s balance and stamina are good. Classes like Yoga, strength training, and Tai Chi can all help your mom build muscle to help with balance and stamina.
Check the Home for Fall Hazards
Remove throw rugs, keep electrical cords against the wall, and clear excess furniture and anything else that could trip your senior loved one. Make sure every room and passageway is well-lit to avoid a future fall or make recovery more difficult.
Get a Vision Screening
One factors that may be overlooked when trying to recover from a hip fracture and prevent a future fall is a senior’s eyesight. Vision can decrease drastically in a senior’s later years, so it’s important to have regular screenings for conditions such as glaucoma or cataracts that impact a senior’s vision. Without the ability to see properly, even the slightest step can be missed, resulting in a fall.
If your mom does struggle to maintain her balance in certain situations, make sure she has help with those activities. Home care services are one way to get her the help she needs. There are many services home care agencies provide that help prevent falls. A safety screening that looks for obstacles and hazards that increase the risk of a fall is one thing to arrange.
If she can’t go up and down the stairs while carrying a laundry basket, hire a caregiver to do the laundry for her. If she has a hard time getting in and out of the shower, home care aides can help her safely transfer into and out of the tub or shower. Call now.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED-ONE ARE CONSIDERING HOME CARE IN BUCKEYE, AZ, CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE. CALL TODAY (623) 748-3301.