When a person ages, their bones lose a lot of density and mass, making them brittle and easier to break in a slip and fall accident. Elderly adults are certainly not going to recover as quickly from broken bones as younger adults do, because of age. If an aging loved one has broken a bone, family caregivers may need to hire a senior care provider to help with daily tasks, so the elderly adult can continue to live at home.
How Broken Bones Affect Seniors.
When an elderly person breaks a bone, it can lead to several complications beyond the bone itself. Seniors can break any bone, but the most common from slip and fall accidents are the arm, wrist, rib, leg and hip. The trauma to the body can cause a lot of soft tissue damage near the injury site. Other factors, such as poor circulation, may also contribute to slow healing. It can also open the door to infection as well as the need for surgery and the negative effects of anesthesia in seniors.
Struggling with a broken bone and the subsequent recovery time can also harm seniors mentally. The risk of depression and anxiety grows as they face a reduced lifestyle, plus pain and discomfort during recovery. They may reduce their activity levels for fear of breaking another bone, which can lead to reduced health, too. A broken bone can be a life-changing injury for aging adults, and family caregivers need to get help for them.
Senior Care Providers and In-Home Services.
In the weeks and months after an elderly person has suffered with a broken bone, they are going to need a lot of extra care. They will be in a lot of pain and may be taking some pain medication. Depending on where the break is, they won’t be able to do certain tasks on their own, such as getting dressed, housekeeping, preparing meals, or laundry. A senior care provider can help for as long as they are needed.
A senior care provider can help the elderly person with anything they need that is off-limits due to their broken bone. These professionals know how to care for seniors who want to remain at home but are afflicted with some physical health reason. When a family caregiver cannot be with their relative, the senior care provider can take over.
Broken bones can lead to further health complications in seniors, unfortunately, and many seniors struggle with confidence and activity as they recover. Senior care providers are an excellent way for aging adults to have someone with them as they heal both body and spirit.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Turlock, CA, contact the caring staff at Provident Home Care. Call today (877) 572-3411.
Robin Conley RN., Owner and CEO of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE
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