Falling – a high risk venture for the elderly

Posted on July 24, 2012

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Why another Blog about Falling?

Falls are dangerous to anyone but can be deadly to anyone 65 years old or older.

Did you know?

  • A third of seniors in the U.S (about 12 million people) fall each year and are the leading cause of injuries for people 65 and older.
  • More than 300,000 persons over age 65 will fracture a hip in the United States during the coming year.
  • Between 18%-33% of older hip fracture patients die within 1 year of their fracture.
  • An estimated 25%-75% of those who are independent before their fracture can neither walk independently nor achieve their previous level of independent living within 1 year following their fracture.
  • An estimated 47,000 older adults per year have fall injuries associated with using walkers and canes.
  • By the year 2040, over 650,000 hip fractures will occur annually in older adults, and 18-33% of these older hip fracture patients will die within the first year of their fracture.

In 2000, fractures were not only the most common type of non-fatal injuries, they were also the most costly. For example, the number of hospital-bed days for women with hip fractures surpasses that for patients with myocardial infarction, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, and breast cancer.

“The treatment of injuries and complications associated with falls costs over $20 billion each year. . . . Fortunately, research has shown that the majority of falls are preventable. Many medical risk factors for falling can be controlled.” (Cleveland Clinic Health System, 2004). Elsewhere we discuss successful and less successful methods of preventing falls.

Can your loved one stay in their home or, with you in yours?  With the baby boomers aging this question is asked thousands of times a day and we know that Medicare only pays for some of the care that people need to stay out of institutional facilities.  And, Medicare and Medicaid are getting more restrictive on what they will cover due to budget constraints.  There are other resources to assist in keeping us in our homes as we age and that is private duty home care.  BrightStar specializes in this kind of care and we would be honored to be able to help you or a loved one.

BrightStar is an in-home health care company designed to help, give us a call at 832-730-1255.

All of our services are personalized to fit the specific needs of the client. We work with clients and their families to design a customized care plan, and we match each client with a qualified, pre-screened caregiver.

From childcare to elder care, the BrightStar of Downtown Houston team provides peace of mind. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our Director of Nursing ensures that each client receives the highest level of care administered by highly qualified personnel.

Home Healthcare and Staffing Services Provided

  • Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care
  • Shopping and Transportation Services
  • Newborn/Multiples Care
  • Sitting/Companion Service
  • Nanny Service
  • And much more

About Our Home Healthcare and Staffing Providers
The answer to your question is “Yes, we can!” Just tell us what you need; we’ll custom tailor a service plan and make all of the necessary arrangements. We are here to help our clients and their families live their best. Let us know how we can be of service.

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