Worried about a parent’s fall? Here’s what you can do.

It’s not uncommon for aging parents to experience trauma due to a fall. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the leading cause of injury and death among the elderly in the U.S.

Keeping elderly parents safe while living independently
As the population of seniors continues to rise and health care services improve, the number of older people living alone is also climbing. The Institute on Aging found that 11.3 million elderly loved ones are living independently, while 65 percent of seniors with care needs rely on family and friends for assistance.

Adult children of aging parents can help address fall risk in a number of ways. Make an appointment with a physician to review current medications. Ensure discontinued medications are stored out of sight to eliminate confusion. Remove hazards in the home such as loose rugs and ill-placed electrical cords. Add extra light, especially on stairs, and install assistive tools such as hand rails and grab bars where needed.

Personal care services
If seniors need more help than family members can provide, personal care services offer additional aid to seniors struggling with falls. Care partner attendants can provide customized assistance based on individual needs of their clients.

These attendants can tidy up problematic areas where people may trip, assist with mobility, give medication reminders, and take on activities such as meal preparation or even dressing and grooming. They can come in to briefly check on a loved one or spend the entire day with them.

This in-home assistance can give adult children, and their aging parents, who are still living independently, some additional security. The duration of personal care services can be for as short or as long a time as you see fit, depending on the situation, preferences, and needs at hand.

AccentCare provides personal care attendants, Care Partners, who have undergone background checks and are able to offer the assistance necessary to help keep seniors safe and comfortable in their homes.