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How Caregivers Can Help Prevent Falls?

As we get older, we are more prone to suffering from falls that can lead to injuries or other catastrophic complications. According to the National Council of Aging, one in four elderly Americans fall each year and a senior is treated in an emergency room for fall related injuries every 11 seconds.  Falls have also been responsible for over 800,000 hospitalizations and the death of 27,000 people. It is believed that seniors are at a higher risk of suffering a fall due to their lack of balance, their deteriorated muscles or joints and their overall lack of ability to walk or stand without needing assistance. Falls may result in hip fractures, broken bones and a perpetual fear of moving or getting out of bed by the elderly adult.

Seniors usually experience a fall due to lack of support or a cluttered environment that is detrimental to their health and their chances of falling. Falls can happen often, especially if the dangerous environment is not fixed after the risk has been detected. Fall proofing a home and making appropriate home modifications for people age 65 and older can help prevent falls, as well as give them a healthier environment to live in. Other simple modifications to insure your elderly loved one does not have a high risk of falling are to install grab bars along the railings of the home, to clear clutter from the pathways they walk everyday and to ensure that they are wearing the proper clothing and footwear to prevent falls.

Perhaps one of the best ways to help an elderly family member or friend is to hire a professional in-home caregiver to be their first line of defense against a fall. An in-home caregiver can be beneficial for the individual 65 years of age or older, as well as both the families and friends of the senior. A caregiver can help prevent falls by doing the following:

  • Cleaning up extra excess around the house can allow the senior to freely move about their home without fear of tripping over a rug, clutter or having to step over something. A caregiver can provide light housekeeping services to ensure that the individual aged 65 years or older feels safe and maintains an environment conducive to healthy aging at home.
  • Not only will a caregiver clear the clutter from a senior’s home, but he or she can help ensure that they are walking, standing and sitting in a safe manner to prevent falls. Having an extra set of eyes on an elderly individual can help prevent falls, as seniors may not realize they are at risk for a fall. Caregivers can be there to physically assist the elderly patient to and from their destination or simply can serve as an extra set of eyes and hands should they need them.

Unfortunately, falls sometimes do happen for people age 65 and older. If an elderly person has suffered a fall, it is important to make sure he or she is prepared to continue to remain safe and to prevent readmission to the hospital due to another fall. If a senior has experienced a fall, a caregiver can be the right fit for their prescribed care plan. If an elderly person has experienced a fall, consider hiring an in-home caregiver to prevent another fall by doing the following:

When a senior is discharged from the hospital after a fall related injury, he or she likely has been sent home with a prescribed care plan from the medical professional they were working with in the hospital. This care plan can be anything from medication that they should be taking on a daily basis to the amount of physical therapy that he or she needs in order to rebuild their bone and muscle strength. A caregiver can not only make sure that the elderly individual is taking his or her medication at the appropriate time and in the appropriate dosage, but they can ensure that they are complying with all other prescribed care plan components. A caregiver can assist with transportation to and from physical therapy appointments, doctors’ appointments and from social visits. In addition to providing transportation assistance, a caregiver can ensure that the senior is eating a healthy diet, which complies with the orders from their doctor to repair any damage that may have been done to their body and build up muscle and bone strength as well.

A caregiver can also serve as a front of the line protector to prevent an individual from falling again. If an elderly individual suffers yet another fall, he or she may hurt themselves more and end up in the hospital for a prolonged period of time. This will be detrimental to their health and their wallet alike, leaving little room to enjoy life the way they should in their golden years.

An in-home caregiver can help individuals prevent falls and fall-related injuries, as well as those who have suffered a recent fall. In-home caregivers can serve as a safeguard to protect loved ones from suffering very serious fall-related injuries that can be costly to their health and their financial well-being. Allow a caregiver to help prevent falls by caring for your loved ones the way they deserve.

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Reviewer: Patricia
Patricia 2020-09-18 via Google
I like working for 24hr home care because they allow me to have a flexible schedule and I can take advantage of how far away from home I'd like to travel for work.
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Liliana D 2020-09-18 via Google
Improving getting better and better really listen to our voice send us a recognition letter congratulating us as frontline workers, send us a little gift for our performance, send us an gift certificate from amazon for school supplies pack of $30 dollars for our children looking forward for more improvements feels good to be recognize as a great frontline worker helps us get more motivated afterall thats going on. Ive never got anything or a congratulations from them ever its the first time in the 3 years ive work with them and today they call me to say happy bday i feel special. Thank you 24hr homecare
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Tatyana 2020-09-18 via Google
Pros: It’s nice working here. With this agency, you have a very flexible schedule. There are a lot of 4-5 hour shifts, although they do offer overnight shifts as well from 8 hours, maybe 12. You can qualify for employee benefits after 1 year of working here. They have “emergency rate” wages as well, these are last minute shifts that can raise from $1-5 an hour; if they hired you at $14hr and they give you an (e-rate) emergency rate then it’ll probably be from $15, $16, $17+ depending on the case. Traveling is required and they did have a virtual interview with me. They have employees working 24 hours if you decide to call them. They use the CC-Go app to clock in and clock out. They also give you a link to a corporate perks website that will give you discounts on phones, plane tickets, hotels ect. Cons: Communication with the office/managers can be difficult at times because when you call, anyone/random person can answer. My personal recommendation as a company request for employee(s): Sending each caregiver a “care package” in a ziplock bag with gloves, masks, hand sanitizer, ect. in case a facility or client doesn’t have the supplies needed. Having these “care packages” would help the company prevent any further sicknesses when dealing with urination and bowel movements if anything were to happen.
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Samantha 2020-09-13 via Google
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Samantha 2020-09-13 via Google
Great company! Highly recommend.
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Reviewer: Laura
Laura 2020-06-12 via Google
Our care givers are loving, friendly and devoted. They are family! Thank you for being here for us.
Reviewer: Richard
Richard 2020-06-09 via Google
Our Care-giver Mudrakat is a blessing for us, with a big heart, and a very professional approach and skills - she will go far...
Reviewer: Raul
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Great place to work for!

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The success of our clients and company is entirely dependent on the quality of our caregivers. We make certain to find and provide our senior clients with the industry's best caretakers so that they have a positive in-home care experience. We submit all of our caregivers through nationwide background checks, assessment tests, and verify multiple references. All of our caregivers are required to be compassionate, reliable, experienced, and above all else, TRUSTWORTHY. We understand that you are entrusting your loved one's home and well-being with our company, and we take that very seriously.

24 Hour Home Care® is committed to improving the lives of our senior clients. By assisting seniors with their daily living activities, we are able to keep them at home where they are comfortable and allow them to thrive during this chapter of their lives. Not only do we strive to exceed customer satisfaction, but we strive to exceed employee satisfaction. We want all of our caregivers to be proud and happy to work for 24 Hour Home Care® so that they will provide the best senior home care possible!


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