Two True Stories Involving Senior Falls and Their Outcomes

The NCOA.org reports that every 11 seconds an elderly man or woman is brought to the ER after falling. Every 19 seconds a senior dies from injuries sustained during a fall. Fall prevention is the best way to keep your elderly parent safe. Here are two cases where a senior fell. Find out what happened to cause the fall and what the outcome was.

One Woman Fell and Broke Her Hip Not Once But Twice

Caregiver Rochester NY - Two True Stories Involving Senior Falls and Their Outcomes

Caregiver Rochester NY – Two True Stories Involving Senior Falls and Their Outcomes

After raising four kids without the help of a husband, one woman looked forward to having her two-story home to herself. Each day, she made her way from her upstairs bedroom to the living areas with ease. Her first fall happened when she slipped on ice on her front sidewalk.

The diagnosis was a broken hip. She underwent surgery to repair the damage and spent two months in a nursing home undergoing rehabilitation. She moved back home and was fine for two years. On her way down the stairs, she lost her balance and fell. She broke her hip again and underwent another surgery.

This time, her doctor suggested it was time for her to consider bringing in a caregiver to help her safely get up and down stairs. Her recovery is taking longer this second time. She’s scared to walk around her home without a caregiver’s help. She has caregivers who spend all day and night with her now.

A Fall Down Icy Deck Steps Led One Man to Look Closely at His Safety

Squirrels at a bird feeder are rarely appreciated. For one bird enthusiast, squirrels were a real annoyance. They kept getting past his squirrel baffles and squirrel-proof bird feeders. When he spied a squirrel at his feeder, he went down the deck steps to chase it off. Unfortunately, there was ice from the last snow storm and he fell. His ankle got caught in the gap between stairs and snapped.

He was now in the snow with a broken ankle. He couldn’t move. He had to sit and scream help until someone heard him. When paramedics arrived, he was in the early stages of hypothermia.

A surgical procedure was needed to install a metal plate and screws to hold the bone together. He had to undergo weeks of therapy to get his ankle back to working order. His family realized that he needed someone around during the day to keep an eye on him. Plus, he was a great candidate for a life alert system.

Benefits of  Hiring Caregivers

In both of these situations, caregivers could help make the recovery easier by providing help with housework, meals, and transfers. Even if you only hire a caregiver to check in on your parent once a week or every day, the socialization and assistance improve a senior citizen’s life. Learn more by calling our home care agency to discuss caregivers today.

Sources:  https://www.ncoa.org/news/resources-for-reporters/get-the-facts/falls-prevention-facts/

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About Kevin Watkins

Caring Hearts of Rochester was founded by John Hunt and Kevin Watkins. Kevin and John met when they were in the same Boy Scout Troop in their youth. They chose different career paths before forming Caring Hearts.

Kevin and his wife, Candy, lived in Naples, Florida for 10 years, where three of their four children were born. He was recruited to the insurance industry by a colleague who felt his personality would benefit people with needs. The insurance industry became a big part of their lives. He evaluated peoples’ risks, working with property and casualty, and life products, and later began to underwrite Long Term Care insurance as people were beginning to plan for their futures. He started two agencies, then bought a third. In his last three years before selling his third agency, he was ranked in the top 10%, top 5% & then top 1% nationally out of the more than 12,500 Allstate agencies in the U.S. at the time. Kevin’s success can be accredited to his kind nature and his genuine desire to help individuals and families with their needs. He feels very at home meeting with people and discussing their needs, a trait that has been very helpful in his continued success with Caring Hearts of Rochester. Kevin returned to Rochester in 2006 to introduce their young children to snow and to be closer to his extended family.

After having returned to Rochester from their careers in other states, John and Kevin reconnected. Alzheimer’s had afflicted both of their families, and they had both experienced and witnessed the challenges associated with the role of being a caregiver. Kevin’s and John’s collective experiences complemented their desire to work with families and individuals in need. They founded Caring Hearts of Rochester and have since been able work in a capacity that has become a passion for them. They are both Certified Senior Advisors (CSA), a designation earned through education, study and experience in the Elderly and Geriatric Care Profession. Their number one concern is providing their senior clients with ethical and effective services and products. Caring Hearts of Rochester is associated with numerous local affiliations for the elderly in the Upstate NY area including Lifespan, Eldersource, and the Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly.

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