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When the Elderly Fall, It’s Not Always Just A Matter of Getting Back Up

Elderly people have the highest risk of falling and hurting themselves. Hip fractures are the most common result of these falls. “They fall because they lose their coordination. They have difficulty with their eye sight and they have difficulty with their balance, and they become weak,” says Dr. Charles A. Peterson, an orthopedic surgeon at Seattle Orthopedic and Fracture Clinic. “When they fall, they tend to have a higher frequency of fractures due to osteoporosis and weaker bones.” Most often, an individual knows immediately that he/she has a broken hip.

Symptoms of hip breakage can include stiffness, contusions, or inflammation in the hip area. The elderly are not able to quickly heal from an injury such as a hip fracture. Their bones are fragile and weak resulting in requirement for long term assistance and health care. The best option for seniors who are suffering from injuries such as hip fractures would be to move to an assisted living facility in their area. Assisted living facilities provide the assistance and medical care that seniors need. They help seniors bathe, get dressed and provide any other assistance to perform their day to day routines.

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Although surgeries to repair fractures are relatively straightforward for seniors, complications afterward can increase their mortality rates to about 25 percent in the year after surgery. Some complications can include blood clots and infection. As we grow older our ability to ward off infection is not as strong. Post-surgery complications more often lead to death if a patient already suffers from another serious medical condition. A lengthy process is usually associated with recovery after hip surgery. The typical hospital stay lasts four days to a week, but a longer stay isn’t unusual. After a hospital stay, patients can go many different routes towards their recovery depending on insurance, age and medical complications. Assisted living facilities are a more affordable option than staying in a hospital.

Physical therapy is part of the recovery process for seniors suffering from hip fractures. This is one of the many medical services offered at an assisted living facility. Physical therapy for a hip fracture usually consists of muscle regeneration and strengthening, balance exercises, bed mobility, transfer and gait training. Occupational therapy focuses on the activities of daily living, such as dressing, grooming, and bathing. The amount of physical therapy a patient receives depends upon the type of health care insurance they have and their recovery progress. Therapy typically lasts about four to six months post operation. Depending on the doctor and how the patient is coping the physical and psychological demands of their condition could receive more intensive therapy. Assisted living facilities are a great option to consider for seniors who have undergone surgery due to a hip fracture.

800Seniors.com is a leading referral system in the Elderly Healthcare industry. We are located on 5400 Atlantis Court, Moorpark, California 93021. 800Seniors.com provides the perfect match between seniors searching for health care provisions such as Home Care, Home Health, Skilled Nursing, Hospice Care, Medical Supplies, as well as a variety of Assisted Living Dallas and Care Homes nationwide. Take the confusion and hassle out of the search. For more information call 1-800-768-8221, visit http://800seniors.com or fax us your details at (805)517-1623.

About The Author: Gloria Ha’o Schneider is an expert in senior citizen and baby boomer issues. Her topics revolve around Senior Living and Healthcare to provide the latest information to this demographic as well as their families and loved ones.

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