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NuevaCare - Home Care San Mateo CA: Fall Prevention

NuevaCare - Home Care San Mateo CA: Fall Prevention

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Published by Kamran Nasser
NuevaCare provides non-medical home care services to seniors in San Mateo, CA who need assistance with their activities of daily living. NuevaCare can be reached at 650-539-2000 or www.nuevacare.com or info@nuevacare.com.

Our services include:
• Medication reminders
• Respite care
• Grocery shopping
• Errands & household duties 
• Transportation 
• Supervise walking and fall prevention
• Light housekeeping 
• Laundry/ironing & changing bed linens
• Socialization & companionship
• Alzheimer’s/Dementia support
• Ambulation assistance
• Incontinence support 
• Bathing & grooming supervision
• Meal planning & preparation 
• Hygiene assistance
• Dressing assistance
NuevaCare provides non-medical home care services to seniors in San Mateo, CA who need assistance with their activities of daily living. NuevaCare can be reached at 650-539-2000 or www.nuevacare.com or info@nuevacare.com.

Our services include:
• Medication reminders
• Respite care
• Grocery shopping
• Errands & household duties 
• Transportation 
• Supervise walking and fall prevention
• Light housekeeping 
• Laundry/ironing & changing bed linens
• Socialization & companionship
• Alzheimer’s/Dementia support
• Ambulation assistance
• Incontinence support 
• Bathing & grooming supervision
• Meal planning & preparation 
• Hygiene assistance
• Dressing assistance

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Preventing Falls in Seniors & Elderly

One out of three seniors over 65 may experience a fall each year

About NuevaCare NuevaCare provides non-medical home care services to seniors who need assistance with their activities of daily living. Our services include: • Medication reminders • Respite care • Grocery shopping • Errands & household duties  • Transportation  • Supervise walking and fall prevention • Light housekeeping  • Laundry/ironing & changing bed linens • Socialization & companionship • Alzheimer’s/Dementia support • Ambulation assistance • Incontinence support  • Bathing & grooming supervision • Meal planning & preparation  • Hygiene assistance • Dressing assistance

PROBLEM
• • Over one-third of adults 65+ fall each year 20-30% of falls cause moderate to severe injuries • In 2005, nearly 1.8 million people over 65+ were treated in ER’s for nonfatal injuries from falls • At least one-third of all falls involve environmental hazards in the home • Two-thirds of those who fell, will fall again within six months Our agency has recognized the importance of fall prevention and has developed training, oversight and procedures to help reduce the chances of injury. By taking these steps the chance for falls is greatly reduced and keeps our older adults safe.

SOLUTION
Step 1 - Needs Assessment & Home Inspection Our agency does a complimentary personalized need assessment and home inspection to ensure safety and reduced risk of repeat fall. Home inspection includes: • Hygiene - Transfer Benches, Chairs, Hand Held Shower Head all need to be assessed • Grab Bars - Properly installed in high risk areas • Transfers - Are we properly prepared? • Toileting - Procedures & proximity for ease of use • Entrances & Pathways - Getting In/Out, Reducing tripping hazards

BEST CARE IS HOME CARE

NUEVACARE

1900 South Norfolk Street, Suite 350 San Mateo, CA 94403 nuevacare.com 650-539-2000

NuevaCare LLC © 2012

Preventing Falls in Seniors & Elderly
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3. good shape are less likely to fall. Wear sensible shoes. Stay away from such accidents waiting to happen as high heels, floppy slippers and shoes with slick soles that can make you slip, stumble and fall. Avoid shoes with extra-thick soles and choose lace up shoes instead of slipons (and make sure to tie the laces). Remove home hazards. Your home is likely to be filled with booby traps. Eliminate the clutter! Remove boxes, newspapers, electrical cords and phone cords from walkways; secure loose rugs with double-faced tape, tacks or a slipresistant backing; repair loose, wooden floorboards and carpeting; use nonskid floor wax; and use nonslip mats in your bathtub or shower. Keep the living space well lit. As you age, less light reaches the back of your eyes where you sense color and motion. So make sure to keep your home and front steps brightly lit with 100-watt bulbs or higher to avoid tripping on objects that are hard to see. Also, place a lamp near your bed and within easy reach for when you get up at night; consider installing glow-in-the-dark or illuminated switches; put night lights in the bedroom, bathroom and hallways; turn on the lights before venturing up or down stairs; and store a flashlight nearby. Use assistive devices like a cane or walker, if necessary. You should also consider grab bars mounted inside and outside your shower or bathtub; a raised toilet seat or one with armrests; a sturdy, plastic seat in the shower that will allow you to sit; handrails on both sides of all stairways; and nonslip treads on wooden steps.

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Step 2 - Care Giver Training An aide is carefully chosen based on our needs assessment with caring compassion. Our agency schedules a training session with the client, aide and therapist. This keeps consistency in transfers and exercise while providing a chance to regain a level of independence. Step 3 - Other Factors 1. To reduce the likelihood of side effects from medications and to maintain overall health, make an appointment to see a physician(s). Have the doctor review all your medications for possible side effects and interactions that could increase the risk of falling. Speak to the doctor about any eye or ear problems that may increase the risk. Discuss questions about balance, numbness, dizziness and joint pain. 2. Keep active. It is only through exercise and activity that you will maintain and improve your balance, muscle strength, flexibility and gait. People who are in

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BEST CARE IS HOME CARE

NUEVACARE

1900 South Norfolk Street, Suite 350 San Mateo, CA 94403 nuevacare.com 650-539-2000

NuevaCare LLC © 2012

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