How Can You Help Protect Your Parent from a Hip Fracture?

Each year throughout the United States more than 300,000 people have to be hospitalized as a result of a hip fracture. These hip fractures can result in a wide variety of serious complications, including decreased muscle mass, blood clots, infections, bed sores, and even increased risk of death in the calendar year. This can be intimidating to think about, but it also illustrates just how important it is for you to do whatever you can to reduce the risk your parent will suffer a hip fracture. Fortunately, there are many steps you can take to reduce your parent’s risk of suffering such an injury.

Senior Care in Vaughan: Hip Fracture Prevention Tips

Senior Care in Vaughan: Hip Fracture Prevention Tips

 

Use these tips to help protect your aging parent from a hip fracture:

-Make sure your parent is taking care of their bones. Getting enough Vitamin D and calcium is important to protecting strong bones, but so is encouraging your parent to stay active. Resistance exercise helps to build and strengthen bones just like it does muscle.

-Encourage exercise that supports balance, strength, and range of motion. This reduces the risk of falls and also increases your parent’s ability to correct themselves and not fall.

-Have your parent’s eyes checked, and make sure they are using their vision corrective aids if they need them. Low vision can greatly increase the chances that your parent will suffer a fall, but simply wearing glasses or contacts can reduce this risk.

-Talk to your parent’s doctor about their medications and find out if any might cause dizziness, lightheadedness, or drop in blood pressure that might cause them to fall. Also inquire about medications to find out if they might cause loss of bone mass that could increase the risk of fractures.

-If your parent smokes, encourage them to quit.

-Make meaningful modifications to their home to prevent falls, which cause 95 percent of all hip fractures, as well as impact injuries such as running into furniture. These can include adding extra lighting, removing loose floor coverings, rearranging furniture and decorative items to provide open walkways, and making sure the home is equipped with grab bars and handrails.

-Consider starting elderly care for your senior. This care will provide mobility support, personal care assistance, and other help to reduce the risk your parent will fall or experience another injury.

 

How can elderly care help?

When you start elderly care for your aging parent it can be one of the best decisions that you make for them throughout the course of your caregiver journey. An elderly home care services provider being in the home with your parent means they will have consistent access to the care, support, and assistance that is right for them. Because you create the schedule of care that works for your parent and for you, you stay at the forefront of your parent’s care routine.

This means you can give your parent as much care as you are able to, while still knowing the care provider is there to fill care gaps, fulfill needs you are not comfortable handling or are not capable of handling due to your own challenges and limitations, and offer support and companionship for your parent when you are not able to be with them. This level of dedicated care can help your parent to maintain a more active, engaged, and independent lifestyle as they age in place.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Senior Care in Vaughan, contact the caring professionals at Staff Relief Health Care 24/7 at (905)-709-1767.

 

Source:

CDC.gov
Mayoclinic.org

 

 

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