Senior Care & Falls

by michellerogers on September 18, 2009

Earlier this week we learned that one of our clients took a spill. What is so unfortunate about this story is the family has caregiving services in place over night and during the day as well.  However, there is a lapse of one hour before the next CAREGiver is due to arrive and during the one hour gap the client was alone and took a tumble.

Fortunately the client is okay.  A day later her tooth dislodged.  Though we cannot say for certain if the loss of the tooth is a result of the fall it is worth noting that falls like this can bring on so many issues that can lead to health declines.  Our client is very fortunate.

Did you know fall-related medical expenses cost Americans more than $20 billion each year, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Projections show these expenses will climb to more than $32 billion over the next 20 years. Our already strapped Medicare and Medicaid systems will be hard-pressed to meet these new costs.

These costs do not take into consideration the pain and discomfort our seniors experience as a result of falling.  There are many great sites out there to educate us on how to keep seniors safe and strong to prevent falls.

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