After a traumatic event like an injury or accident, it can be difficult to feel comfortable again when put in a similar situation. For example, after tumbling down the stairs one will probably be more leery next time they have to use stairs. The grip on the railing will be tighter than before. Most of the time we work through it and become more and more at ease as time goes on.
When a senior falls it can be more traumatic. Due to the effects of aging on the body, resulting injuries can be worse and take longer to heal. Breaks can occur from even small incidents. The mental effects can also be stronger. After a fall they may give up all forms of exercise from fear of falling again. They may also refuse to go to the scene of the accident or become isolated and slip into depression. Health can quickly decline.
Becoming active again, as soon as possible, is important for recovery. Instead of thinking about how a walk around the block resulted in a fall, work on exercises that will strengthen muscles to prevent future falls. Stronger muscles mean better balance and the ability to catch yourself before it happens. Also consider if vision and hearing changes are what are causing the unsteadiness being experienced. Get eyesight checked regularly and wear glasses if they are needed. They should be smudge free to prevent blur. Hearing aid batteries should be replaced regularly to ensure they are working properly and cleaned so they free of wax build up.
Another way to restore confidence is to minimize environmental risks. Having hand rails and clear pathways will help eliminate the chance of tripping. Nightlights are beneficial at night to light the path to the bathroom. At the same time seniors will feel more comfortable in the setting.
If a serious by temporary injury has occurred, or your loved one has a disability that restricts mobility, MAS can deliver home care Massachusetts clients can rely on. Home care services enable individuals to regain independence while recovering in a familiar setting. By working together we can get them back on their feet.