Decrease the Burden of Falls

By: Alert/Best Nursing & Home Care Mar 17, 2016
Home Care services, Fall Risks for seniors

Falls lead to serious injuries, how to prevent them.

Falls Prevention Programs and education help to improve the quality of life of seniors aged 65 years and older and decrease the burden of falls on the health care system.

Falls lead to serious injuries, sometimes death, hospitalization, and are the main reason that seniors are institutionalized in Long Term Care.

 Risk Factors can be broken down into six main areas:

1.  Physiological

  • Balance deficit
  • Gait deficit
  • Muscle weakness
  • Mobility Issues
  • Inappropriate use of assistive devices

2.   Medical

  • History of falls
  • Addiction to drugs or alcohol
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Diseases such as Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Coronary Artery Disease, Diabetes, Parkinson disease
  • Depression
  • Postural Hypertension

3.     Socio-demographic

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Social determinants of health – living in poverty, housing, income, education

4.  Pharmacological

  • Anti-epileptic drugs
  • Anti-psychotics
  • Incorrect use of pain medications
  • Use of multiple drugs – drug interactions
  • Psychotropic drugs – sedatives, antidepressants, anti-inflammatory drugs

5.   Behavioral

  • Agitation, confusion
  • Fear of falling
  • Inappropriate footwear
  • Haste or poor-judgment
  • Risk taking

6.     Environment

  • Poor lighting
  • Mats that don’t have rubber backing
  • Loose carpeting or floor boards, linoleum
  • Electrical cords that are placed along walking paths
  • Poorly lit staircases
  • Clutter and debris
  • Outdoor environment: no snow and ice removal
  • Cracked walkways
  • Unsafe stairs, rails
  • Poor outdoor lighting

At Alert/Best Nursing & Home Care we do a free client and environmental assessment for new clients. The home safety check is done for the benefit of our clients and staff, to reduce the risk for falls and other injuries. Often minor issues can be resolved. Problems that require medical assessment or repairs are discussed with the client and family.

Serving Greater Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, Mississauga, Brampton, St. Catharines, Niagara, and surrounding areas, Alert/Best Nursing & Home Care offers a wide variety of services, including: in-home nursing care; attendant care for persons with injuries, disabilities or chronic illnesses; palliative care; and staffing solutions for hospitals, long-term care facilities and retirement homes.

Our highly qualified and experienced staff include Registered nurses, Registered practical nurses and Certified personal support workers.

When you call Alert/Best Nursing & Home Care Hamilton, you will speak with an experienced and knowledgeable staff member who will answer your questions. Contact us 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We will respond rapidly to provide staff in urgent or immediate situations. Alert/Best Nursing & Home Care Hamilton