After your older loved one suffers from a fall, it is important to watch for signs and symptoms of complications. Often, older individuals who suffer from a serious fall can be at risk of further fall-related injuries. Additionally, those who fall are more likely to fall again. Below, we will discuss some important symptoms to look for after your loved one suffers from a fall.
What Causes an Aging Person to Fall?
For older individuals, falls can happen at any time. Common causes related to aging include:
- Poor balance
- Poor blood pressure (high or low)
- Foot problems
- Medications with fall risks as a side effect
- Chronic health conditions
Additionally, environmental factors in the home can also cause a fall. Tripping hazards such as rugs, poor lighting, and cluttered walkways can lead to falls. Stairs can also be a cause for concern. If railings are loose, stairs can be dangerous for older individuals.
Common Symptoms After a Fall
If your loved one suffers from a fall, they may be experiencing lasting pain, scrapes, and bruises from the incident. It is not uncommon for fall injuries to lead to chronic pain symptoms. Mobility may be restricted after the incident. They may experience tenderness and swelling in affected areas. Broken bones or nerve damage can also occur. If they hit their head during the fall, look for symptoms of concussion or head trauma. This may include confusion, headaches, vision problems, or loss of consciousness. Vomiting can also be a sign of head injury or shock.
Severe Fall Symptoms
In some cases, falls can lead to severe chronic conditions. Falls can lead to life-threatening conditions. Rhabdomyolysis is a condition in which the muscles can leech proteins and electrolytes into the blood. This can affect the heart or kidneys, and lead to disability or death. Pneumonia can also be a side effect of a fall, especially one that results in reduced mobility. Irregular heartbeat can also occur after a traumatic fall.
In-Home Care After a Fall
For families of older individuals, a fall can be a scary experience. Once an older person falls, they will likely fall again. If you are worried about your loved one experiencing another fall, you may want to consider hiring home healthcare for your loved one. A Home Health Aide can help your loved one with day-to-day tasks, and assist them in the home. Home Health Aides can also look for signs and symptoms of complications of a fall. Your loved one’s aide can work with you and your family as a team to ensure that they get the care they need.
Safe Harbor Healthcare Services does not provide medical, healthcare, or financial advice via articles. This material has been prepared for informational purposes only. It is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for medical advice.
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