According to a late survey by the National Hospital Discharge, nearly 250,000 elder adults (65 and older) are hospitalized each year for hip fractures.
Here are some tips to prevent and deal with falls and hip fractures:
- Assess home safety: cluttered room, floor rugs and electrical cords are major causes of falls.
Make sure your home passes a safety check.
- Know about the side effects of your medications which may make you dizzy and weak. Make sure you ask your doctor or pharmacy.
- Check your eyes for any eye disease or diabetes which may affect your vision.
- Bone density:
Exercise is important for improving bone density. Simple walking can help a lot.
Balance training is also a good option.
- Use a walker if you feel it is needed and also don't stand up too fast as it may cause a drop n your blood pressure.
- Talk to your doctor about screening for osteoporosis.
- Safety measures such stairs railings and bars in the shower tubs are very helpful in preventing falls at home.
As part of our patient's plan of care, BrightStar Care of University Park conducts a "home safety check" and by having an RN supervising your care and coordinating with your physician, we make sure that not only your home is safe, but also provide the best care when you have suffered a fall or hip fracture.