Hip fractures are very common among senior citizens. The vast majority of hip fractures occur in people age 60 and older. This is primarily because seniors have a high risk of falling. They may have problems with balance and coordination, conditions such as arthritis, vision problems, and other issues that make it hard to get around safely.
Some seniors have additional risk factors that make them more likely to suffer hip fractures. Osteoporosis causes the bones of many seniors to become weak, especially in women. Women tend to lose bone density faster than men. Poor nutrition, smoking, drinking alcohol, and some medications can lead to bone loss. Some medical conditions can also increase the risk of suffering a hip fracture.
A fractured hip can make it impossible to stand or walk. A senior with a broken hip will most likely need surgery and physical therapy and may not be able to live independently after the injury.
How Seniors Can Avoid Hip Fractures
Fortunately, there are some steps that can be taken to help seniors reduce their risk of fracturing a hip. A home should be well lit and free from clutter, such as electrical cords, books, and other things that could cause someone to trip. Rugs should be tacked to the floor to avoid tripping. The bathroom should have a skid-resistant mat and bars in the shower and near the toilet to help a senior with mobility issues. Steps should have handrails. Items in the kitchen that are used often should be stored in places where they are easy to reach.
Lifestyle choices can also reduce the risk of a senior suffering a hip fracture. Wearing flat, comfortable shoes can make it easier to walk safely. Exercise can improve balance and coordination. Supplements of calcium and vitamin D can strengthen bones and help them resist fracture in a fall.
A Caregiver from Dependable Care Can Help Your Loved One Avoid a Hip Fracture
If your loved one lives alone and you are concerned about the possibility of a debilitating hip fracture, Dependable Care can help. We have a team of compassionate caregivers who have helped seniors all over Connecticut.
We can conduct a safety audit to identify hazards in your family member’s home and ways to make it safer and prevent falls. A caregiver can also make sure your loved one is wearing safe footwear, accompany him or her on walks to build strength and coordination, and make sure he or she takes medication and supplements as prescribed by a doctor. Contact Dependable Care today so we can match your loved one with the right caregiver.