When a child falls, it generally isn’t serious. After a quick hug and reassurance that they’re ok, they’re back on their way. But at the other end of the life spectrum, a fall is no laughing matter. For some elderly people, it can mark the beginning of the deterioration of their overall health. They are more likely to break a bone at that age, further limiting their mobility. This makes most biological functions worse, creating problems ranging from muscle strain to organ decline.
It can be hard to prevent falls for an elderly person. Many don’t consider the consequences of one and are leery of the stigma attached to an ambulatory aid like a cane or a walker. They also aren’t keen on a caregiver holding their hand, so they insist they’re able to manage on their own. After all, they’ve walked for more than 70 years without an incident! For many families, the first response is to try to care for elderly parents themselves, but a knowledgeable ambulatory care practice is often instrumental in getting them the outpatient care they need. Believe us–it’s not easy to convince an elder to use support systems, but it is essential for their continued good health.
So how do you get your loved one to accept walking assistance? With humor and gentle persuasion. And it’s often best to do it with someone else. Many family members have tried to help their elderly parents and ended up hurting their own backs, or worse–falling with them. Instead, seeking ambulatory care or visiting a knowledgeable ambulatory care center is instrumental. Assistive technology also helps. Devices like gait belts, which help transfer a person from a bed or other furniture, and a Hoyer lift, another patient lift mechanism, help seniors with serious muscle weakness. For optimum safety, we sometimes recommend a strong male outpatient services caregiver to assist heavier clients. Wheelchairs, walkers, canes, or other assistive devices should also be seriously considered, depending on your loved one’s needs and situation.
If you are concerned about an elder’s fall risk, we at LifeWorx are here to help. Our ambulatory care service has care providers and nurses who can perform a full assessment based on your senior’s walking and the Morse Fall Scale. Together, this gauges the likelihood of a patient falling in an outpatient setting. After the risk assessment is complete, a proper assistive device can be selected for safe, fall-free mobility.
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For some elderly people, a fall can mark the beginning of the deterioration of their overall health.LEARN MORE
Many families try to care for elderly parents themselves, but a knowledgeable ambulatory care practice is instrumental in getting them the outpatient care they need.Watch now
If you are concerned about an elder’s fall risk, we at LifeWorx are here to help. Our ambulatory care service has care providers and nurses who can perform a full assessment based on your senior’s walking and the Morse Fall Scale.LEARN MORE
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Approximately 25 miles from our Sarasota Office, Venice is in Sarasota County, the small Florida coastal town known for soft sandy beautiful beaches, large green parks, and rich history. The surrounding area offers plenty of breathtaking natural beauty and teems with Wildlife. Whether you’re a beach bum or outdoor adventurer, Venice will keep you entertained for days. It has a vibrant downtown district, with unique shops, and restaurants.
1) Spend a day or two at Venice Beach – Located right off Venice Avenue, this beach is well-known for beachcombing for fossils such as shark teeth. Fun fact: Venice Beach is also a certified Blue Wave Beach (a national environmental certification for beaches).
2)Discover Historic Downtown Venice – Home to over 100 unique and independently owned stores and restaurants. The three main streets include Miami Avenue, with its independently owned antique stores, boutiques, and high-end consignment shops.
3) Visit Centennial Park – Centennial Park is a luxurious green space located right in the heart of downtown. Surrounded by boutique shops and unique restaurants, this popular public park is a perfect place to blow off some steam after a day of wandering around.
4) Take a tour of the Venice Museum and Archives – VMA has a collection of 30,000 + photographs, archives, objects, and publications pertaining to the area’s history and is housed in the historic 1927 Triangle inn building.
5) Experience waterfront dining – Venice offers a wide variety of bayside and beachfront restaurants to choose from. One of the most popular restaurants for visitors is Sharky’s on the Pier for some of the best Florida seafood in a laid-back, fun environment.
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