Many family caregivers are at a loss for what to do after their elderly loved one falls for the first time. However, you don’t have to wait for your loved one to fall before you make a plan. You can plan ahead of time for if your elderly loved one falls. These are some of the things you need to know about before your elderly loved one falls.

Have Finances Figured Out

You should make sure your elderly loved one’s finances are in order. Even if you are a power of attorney for your elderly loved one, you need to make sure all of their financial institutions have this on file. You need to make sure your elderly loved one’s bills are figured out and paid if they fall. They may not be able to do this on their own. If needed, the elderly care providers may be able to help your elderly loved one to pay their bills.

Sit Down

Take a seat in your elderly loved one’s home. If you want to help prevent a fall for your elderly loved one, you need to see things how they are seeing them. For instance, when you sit down in the favorite chair, are their cords nearby that they might trip on. When you look across the room, is the clutter in the corner that might be in their way when they are walking. If so, make sure you help your elderly loved one to move these things out of the way. From there, you and the elderly care providers can keep it out of the way for your elderly loved one.

Get Transportation and Other Assistance

You should also plan for transportation. If your elderly loved one falls, they are going to need to visit their doctor, especially if they have been injured. They may need to attend follow up appointments to see how they are recovering.

In addition, your elderly loved one might need help being transferred from their bed or chair to other places in their home. You may need to make sure they have elderly care providers helping them around-the-clock for a while.

Have Entertainment Options

If your elderly loved one does fall, they are going to need something to do while they are recovering. For instance, if they hurt their back during the fall, they may need to rest a lot for a few weeks. They will need something to do to keep them occupied. You can make sure they have a television set up in front of their favorite chair. You can make sure they have puzzles to do and books to read, as well.

Conclusion

These are some of the things that you need to know for if your elderly loved one falls. They will need proper care and assistance. You and the elderly care providers can work with one another to find out who will take care of your loved one and when.

Sources
https://www.cdc.gov/steadi/pdf/Steadi-Coordinated-Care-Final-4_24_19.pdf
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3135440/

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