Benjamin Franklin certainly had it right: An ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure. When it comes to uncovering and addressing senior mobility problems, prevention is a must. Falls lead to 85% of all injury-related hospitalizations for seniors, 95% of all hip fractures, and long-term care requirements for over 1/3 of seniors who have experienced a fall.
Get ahead of a tragedy by keeping an eye out for these warning signs of increasing mobility issues in seniors:
One simple and effective method to evaluate mobility and fall risk in seniors is the TUG (Timed Up and Go) test. The test should be carried out on a consistent basis. Here is all it will require:
Make sure to stand nearby as the senior performs the test to provide support if necessary to prevent a fall. Track the outcome over a period of time and share with the person’s doctor for guidance. Find more information on the test along with a downloadable one-page assessment sheet.
In the event that you pick up on any of these signs, it is time to have a frank conversation with the senior. Let the person know you’re concerned, and schedule an appointment for a check-up with the physician. The implementation of some simple mobility aids can make a world of difference in maintaining safety and independence.
Connect with Amy’s Helping Hands, the top provider of home care in Windsor, Ontario and the surrounding areas, for additional fall prevention strategies for older adults, and also to learn about the countless ways we are available to improve quality of life for a senior you love with in-home care services.