When an older adult falls the result can be some pretty terrible injuries. Suffering a fractured leg, hip, or arm could make it difficult for them to take care of themselves on their own. Likewise, a head injury could mean problems with cognitive skills or dizziness that could cause another fall. Some older adults are able to heal from their injuries in a few weeks or months. However, falls can also result in permanent disability. If your aging relative has fallen and needs help to continue living on their own, home care can offer that help. Below are some of the ways a home care provider can assist an older adult after a fall.
Assistance with Walking
Dizziness or a broken leg can make it difficult and unsafe for an older adult to walk around on their own. They may be unable to get up out of a chair or get into their bed. A home care provider can offer them the support they need when standing or sitting. Home care providers can also walk with the senior to help them maintain their balance and give them someone to lean on for assistance.
Help Getting Dressed
Depending on the senior’s injury, they may be unable to bend to dress themselves. A home care provider can help them to change from their pajamas to their clothes each morning and back into pajamas at night. That way, the senior can be comfortable and feel good about the way they look rather than having to choose the easiest clothes to put on or having to stay in the same clothes for an extended period of time because dressing is too difficult.
Your aging relative may be unable to stand in the kitchen long enough to prepare themselves a healthy meal. This could lead to them not eating or choosing convenience foods that are high in sugar, salt, and unhealthy fats. A home care provider can prepare healthy meals and snacks, using fresh ingredients.
Cleaning the House
If your aging relative has broken their leg or hip, it’s not likely they’ll be able to do some of the tasks required to keep a house clean and running efficiently. A home care provider can do the jobs that are outside of the senior’s current capabilities, like vacuuming and doing laundry. A home care provider can even change the sheets and do the dishes.