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How to Prevent Senior Falls in the Home

As a caregiver you might find yourself looking for ways to help your elderly family member to avoid falling. Some of the physical risks for falling are ones that you and your senior can manage, often with the help of her medical team and home care providers.

Poor Nutrition

You probably already realize that your elderly family member needs to get the best nutrition possible. If she isn’t, that affects her entire body. Cutting back too far on protein, for example, can cause her to lose muscle mass and have less energy than she needs. Eating foods that are high in empty calories leaves your senior at a deficit. Foods that are rich in nutrients give her body the fuel she needs to be able to move her body well.

Medications and Side Effects

Every medication has side effects, of course, and your senior may find herself taking multiple medications. Those side effects can start to add up and have a pretty big impact on your aging adult’s balance and her ability to avoid a fall. Talk with your elderly family member’s doctor about whether some of her medications need adjusting in order to reduce her fall risk.


Your elderly family member can’t avoid obstacles or problems that she can’t see. If she’s having trouble with her vision, an eye exam is the place to start. From there, you may find that corrective lenses help or there may be other solutions that are applicable. Many aging adults find that they’re dealing with some degree of low vision, in which case improved lighting can seriously help.

Loss of Muscle Tone

As she ages, your senior is likely to lose at least a little bit of muscle tone. But if she’s not exercising regularly, she can lose muscle tone even faster. Worse still, her muscles might even start to atrophy. Talk to your senior’s doctor about what she can do in order to keep the muscle tone she’s got and increase those muscles if possible.

Vital Sign Home Care provides exceptional Fall Risk Management for seniors in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County Maryland.

Senior Fall Risk Management at Home in Baltimore, Maryland

Previous Falls

If your elderly family member has already experienced a fall, she’s more likely to experience another. Part of the problem is that your senior can fear that next fall and that’s something that can make her less active. Reducing her activity and being afraid of falling can work together to make that next fall inevitable. Being aware of all of these different risks and how they can affect your aging adult gives you a leg up in helping your elderly family member avoid a fall. Home care providers can help you to understand how you can compensate for these issues during your senior’s daily activities.

As a Registered Nurse, the owner took her nursing experience beyond the hospital floors. Inspired by her own story and desire to help others, she launched Vital Sign Home Care in Baltimore MD.

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How Can Home Care Help Prevent Senior Falls in the Home?

Senior Fall Risk Management at Home in Baltimore, Maryland
Falls are a big problem for people who are already vulnerable because of illness or injury. Your elderly family member may be at greater risk of falling, but that may be more preventable than you believe. Home health care services have the experience that your senior needs in order to avoid further injury.

Perform a Full Review of Your Senior’s Status

The very best way to begin to understand what is best going to help your senior to avoid a fall is to do a complete assessment of what she’s facing. This means looking closely at her current health issues, what medications she’s taking, and how well she’s doing emotionally. It also means looking at things like her ability to exercise and what she’s eating, because all of that matters.

Assist with Activities of Daily Living

Activities of daily living are particularly important in terms of your elderly family member’s ability to avoid falls. These are activities that are part of a healthy life, like being able to change clothes, take a bath, and eat regularly. Other activities of daily living for your senior involve mobility and being able to safely navigate her home. Having help from home health care providers to take care of these tasks improves your senior’s quality of life immensely.

Bring in Different Therapies or Further Nursing Assistance

Your elderly family member may need a variety of different types of assistance in order to have the best quality of life possible. Occupational or physical therapy can assist your elderly family member in using devices like a walker or cane, which can be a crucial part of her fall avoidance strategy. If your senior’s health changes, she may need more nursing care than usual. All of this can be adjusted as needed by home health care services.

Triage Safety Concerns

The environment in which your senior lives is going to dictate how safe she may be from falling, too. Home health care providers are uniquely capable of quickly assessing and evaluating your aging family member’s home environment and determining what poses the biggest fall risks. They can help you and your senior to make that environment as safe as possible for her both now and in the future.

Home care providers are there for your senior to help her to be in the best health possible. Managing circumstances that could make a fall more likely is just part of how they achieve that goal.

How We Provide Home Care for Fall Risk Management

A Person-Centered Care Process

Each agency is unique in its own way. At Vital Sign Home Care, we understand how important it is to plan for care that is person-centered, or in other words, focused on the client’s needs first. As soon as we receive an inquiry about our services, we begin our assessment process. This process involves reviewing personal and medical information that is unique to your loved one’s needs.

This process begins with a:

1. Phone Interview

Our admission coordinator will schedule a time to conduct an initial phone interview to gather as much information about your loved one’s needs as well as the family’s needs. Once this information is gathered, we will then schedule an appointment to meet with one of our RN coordinators to begin the next step.

2. Care Plan Meeting

Our care plan meetings are designed to assess your loved one’s home environment and recommend and plan care based on the information provided. After the care plan meeting, a person-centered plan is developed with the family’s permission. No plan is implemented until the family approves the plan.

3. Caregiver Selection

Our RN coordinator along with our admissions coordinators work together to select caregivers based on the needs and interests of the client and family. This process can be tedious but through. We take into consideration various factors to select the proper caregiver for your loved one. Experience as well as personality is taken into consideration during the selection process with a home visit arranged before the final decision is made.

4. Care Monitoring

Caregivers are required to document (care notes) daily about the day-to-day activities as well as the care provided. Care notes remain on-site at the homes. Our RN monitors the caregivers by doing unscheduled visits.

The national average rate for 24-hour at-home care is $24 per hour, $573 per day, and $17,472 per month [3]. Live-in care tends to be cheaper since the caregiver will be asleep for 8 of the 24 hours. Costs will vary depending on a variety of factors.

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Our person-centered care process allows our RN coordinators to work closely with our admissions coordinators to select caregivers based on the needs and interests of the client and family. Get Started today!

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