Thank you to every caregiver for your tiring, faithful service during both the good days and the bad days!
I just received an email from the New York Times with the title “An Aging Nation Braces for More Deadly Falls” Part of the article stated the following statistics: “More than 200,000 Americans over 65 died after falls in the decade from 2002 to 2012. Falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths in that age group. More than 2.4 million people over 65 were treated in the ER for injuries from falls in 2012 alone, up 50 percent over a decade.”
So what do we as caregivers need to do to protect our loved ones? Following are some suggestions: Remove all throw rugs; put handrails in the hallways and in the bathroom/bathtub; Encourage wearing rubber soled slippers or at least rubber dotted warm socks. Remove all low furniture and clutter to make the walkways clear. Encourage your loved ones to wait a moment after getting up from a chair or the bed before they start walking. (Balance will come.) Walk with anyone who is unsteady, but do not ‘hover’. Maintain their need for space and independence with safety always in mind. Let’s make this a ‘safe National Caregiver Month”