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Safety Is No Accident!

Today, Americans are living longer while staying active and healthy. However, according to National Safety Council, adults 65 and older are at risk for falls:

  • One in three older adults falls each year
  • More than 250,000 hip fractures are reported every year, and 95 percent of those are from falls

Some of the underlying causes of older-adult falls, such as muscle weakness, medications that cause dizziness, improper footwear, impaired vision, slick floors, poor lighting, loose rugs, clutter and uneven surfaces, can be improved.

What can you do to make your home or the home of someone you care for safer?

  • Remove clutter, small furniture, pet gear, electrical cords, throw rugs and anything else that might cause someone to trip
  • Arrange or remove furniture to allow for plenty of walking room
  • Secure carpets to the floor
  • Use non-slip adhesive strips on stairs
  • Use non-skid mats or appliques in the bath and shower
  • Install grab bars in the tub, shower and near the toilet
  • Install railings on both sides of stairs
  • Provide adequate lighting in every room and stairway
  • Make often-used items more accessible, like food, clothing, etc., so an older person won’t be tempted to use a stool or ladder to get to them

Adapted from: http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/safety-at-home-falls.aspx

Help Pours in for World War II Vet in Need of Home Care

Even though Richard Overton can still get around well enough on his own, he needs to remain safe and at his advanced age, there are questions about whether he can remain safe. His current support system is a person who is in their 90s who’s also living with him, and friends and relatives know he needs more.

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NYS DOH Issues Severe Cold Health Advisory

The New York State Department of Health (DOH) has issued a health advisory warning of severe cold.
Home care providers are advised to communicate with their patients during and immediately following the period of extreme cold in order to perform safety checks.

The advisory states that home care staff should observe the temperature at a patient’s home upon visit, and includes signs and symptoms of hypothermia and frostbite for staff to look for, which include the following:

Hypothermia. Signs and symptoms: shivering; confusion; memory loss; drowsiness; exhaustion; slurred speech; glassy stare; slow, irregular pulse; numbness; and decreased level of consciousness.

To manage: remove all wet/cold clothing; place individual in dry blankets/clothing; if conscious, provide them a warm beverage; seek/provide medical attention if further treatment is required.

Frostbite. Signs and symptoms: any discoloration of the skin such as flushed, white, yellow, or blue depending on the length of exposure; waxy appearance of skin; and lack of feeling or numbness.

To manage: handle the frost bitten area gently; do not rub the area; expose the affected area to a source of warmth.

More Seniors Welcome Virtual Socializing

According to a new survey, senior residents aren’t likely to be afraid of a mouse unless it has fur and four paws.

Increasingly, says Michigan State University researcher William Chopik, PhD, older Americans are not only comfortable using computers but they are discovering the joys of social media.

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