why do seniors fall out of bed
Seniors are at great risk when they fall. Brittle bones and general weakness or injury can prevent them from getting up, only to lay helpless for hours or days waiting for help to arrive. If you are asking yourself "why does my elderly mom keep falling? ", it may be time to consider quality in-home senior care to help during the times when you can't be there. The result of a fall can be catastrophic! A broken hip, severe bruising and even brain injury are more likely to occur with aging adults than others. Seniors and Family caregivers are certainly aware of the danger faced when standing or walking, however there is also a danger of falling when getting in and out of bed.
The following are five common reasons seniors fall out of bed: Medication - medications that cause dizziness or disorientation can increase the chance of a fall for an older adult when trying to get out of bed. Having staff readily available to assist before an accident occurs is crucial. Dreams - most of us have experienced a bad dream, however a bad dream can be of particular concern for a senior when it causes movement, anxiety, and distress.
Having someone there to listen for sudden movements and react when help is needed can go a long way to prevent an elderly person from falling out of bed. Struggling to get out of bed - many seniors are stiff and unsteady when first trying to exit a bed in the morning. That initial assistance can make all the difference giving a senior time to get fully acclimated to their environment. Rolling over - during sleep seniors can lose their bearings on where they are in the bed.
A Misjudgment of where the edge of the bed is can result in a senior falling out of bed. Improper equipment - if a senior has additional diagnoses such as dementia or Alzheimer's more equipment may be needed to ensure safety. A hospital-style bed with side rails may need to be brought in to replace the current bed. Caring Senior Service has the experience, compassion, and training necessary for comprehensive home care, and we also offer a wide range of home care services that are all designed to make life easier for seniors and their families.
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today! Also, for MORE about fall prevention our Fall Prevention Fact Sheet. Thank you for your answer. I contacted the Ombudsman about 3 weeks ago and have been waiting to hear from them, other than their initial contact with me. They said it would take a couple of weeks for them to investigate. There's nothing to keep the older folks who fall safe.
I forgot to mention that on one of the falls, Mom fractured her ankle. She's since deteriorated mentally, which I blame entirely on the stress, pain, and extended stay in the PT unit because of the broken bone. The system we have for our older folks is sooo inadequate. If I could care for her at home I would, but that's not possible. Sooner or later we'll all be at the mercy of this elder care system. The best thing for my Mom is that she doesn't remember all of the things that have happened to her.
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