Whether you have been caring for your parent for many years or you are just getting started as a family caregiver, one thing you have likely heard a considerable amount about is the risk of a broken hip for an aging adult. Millions of seniors fall in the United States each year, and a large percentage of these falls result in broken hips. In fact, more than 300,000 people in the country each year experience a hip fracture, with most being over the age of 65. It’s important to realize that the risks of hip fractures go beyond just the pain and recovery associated with these injuries. There are many other risks your senior can face, and it is important to recognize these risks and take steps to reduce them to support your loved one in recovering from their injury and moving forward in a healthier, safer way.
Some of the dangers your parent might face after breaking a hip include:
- Increased risk of death in the next year.
- Diminished mobility even after recovery.
- Lingering pain.
- Blood clots.
- Muscle atrophy.
- Urinary tract infections.
There are ways you can help protect your senior from broken hips. Evaluate your senior’s home to identify areas that might increase fall risk, such as loose floor coverings, and remove them, help your parent make good safety choices including wearing their seatbelt, and support good nutrition and other health choices to keep their body strong and healthy as they age. If your parent already deals with mobility issues such as balance problems or loss of range of motion, mobility support from a home care provider can help them navigate their home and manage tasks such as bathing more safely. This can not only help your parent avoid potentially devastating injuries, but can also increase confidence that supports a healthier, more active lifestyle as they age in place.
If your senior has recently suffered a broken hip, home care can be a valuable part of their recovery. An in-home senior care services provider can offer personalized support designed to help your parent cope with the challenges of their injury and recovery, support healing, and encourage them as they move on with their life. As a family caregiver, knowing your parent has this care can ease your mind and allow you to focus more energy and attention on all elements of your life, including your own needs and your personal relationship with your senior.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering home care in Sayville, NY, please call the caring staff at Companion Home Care of Long Island. Senior Home Care serving Suffolk, Nassau and Queens Counties. Turn your questions into answers. Call Today (631) 884-0005
Dorothy’s core expertise includes an extensive background of more than 38 years, focusing on Home Care, Senior Care and operating a successful in-home care agency.
In her spare time she enjoys her 5 grandchildren, gardening, skiing and competition 8-Ball.
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