Balanced Care Sunshine Coast
What is the leading cause of injuries in older people?
Falls are the leading cause of fatal injuries and the most common cause of hospital admissions.
And what causes the falls?
Chronic health conditions, such as heart disease, dementia or low blood pressure causing dizziness, poor vision, muscle weakness, or simply tripping over something. Wet or recently waxed floors are an obvious danger, and so are inadequate lighting and unsecured rugs. Flights of stairs are a well-known hazard, ladders should be forbidden to any and everyone of a certain age, and especial care should be taken when reaching far into cupboards. Unfortunately loving and well-meaning pets often bring about falls too.
More than one in three people aged 65 years or more falls each year
For anyone with osteoporosis, falling is particularly dangerous. Certain medicines cause dizziness. Diabetes, heart disease and thyroid, nerve, foot, ear and blood vessel problems can affect balance too.
• Stay as physically active as possible.
• Do have your sight and hearing tested regularly
• Ask your doctor or pharmacist about the side effects of all the medicines you take.
• Try to get enough sleep.
• Try not to drink too much alcohol.
• Stand up slowly when you have been sitting or lying down quietly.
• Walk with a cane, or even a walker, if you find that helps you keep your balance.
• Wear sensible shoes and be careful of shoelaces coming undone.
Home Care Assistance Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay provides in-home and community balanced care support
The fundamental aim of Home Care Assistance Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay is to keep you happy and safe in your own home. Home Care Assistance Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay can do everything from cleaning, shopping and cooking to driving you to doctors’ and dentists’ appointments and to see friends. And we try to provide some respite both to you and to loving friends and family. We believe in balanced care in the community and in one-to-one assistance in the comfort of your own home, enabling you to live independently for as long as possible.
So if you are anywhere on the Sunshine Coast and have had a fall or an operation or are just going through a bad patch and need assistance, support at home and companionship, please call Home Care Assistance Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay to see what we can do to help. We really care about the quality of your life.