11:48am Sunday 20 August 2017

She “Fell Into” Hip Replacement Surgery

Rosemont, Ill – Approximately 66 million Americans care for their aging parents and each year, one in three older Americans fall in their own home. Just this week, 93 year-old actress Zsa Zsa Gabor fell out of bed and broke her hip, ultimately she required hip replacement surgery. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) knows that a fall in the home can be both life threatening and debilitating. Older Americans and their caregivers can take a proactive approach using the following AAOS guidelines to help keep seniors fall and injury-free.

Tips for the Home:

  • Eliminate all tripping hazards, such as loose rugs in the home.
  • Install grab bars or handrails on both sides of the stairway and other safety devices near bathtubs and beds.
  • Place a lamp or flashlight near the bed.
  • Keep clutter – like pets’ toys or papers – off the bedroom floor.
  • Replace satiny bed sheets with products made of non-slippery material; i.e. wool or cotton.
  • Arrange furniture to allow a clear pathway between rooms.
  • Secure loose rugs with double-faced tape, tacks or slip-resistant backing.
  • Keep stairs clear of packages, boxes or other clutter.
  • Install light-switches at the top and bottom of the stairs. Or, try motion-detector lights that turn on automatically.
  • Put non-slip treads on each bare-wood step.
  • Consider adding rails to the bed to prevent the sleeping person from rolling off.
  • Keep track of pets, as these creatures are responsible for more than 86,000 fall-related injuries each year.

Dress:

  • Wear properly-fitting shoes or slippers with non-skid soles, throughout the home and especially on stairs.
  • Replace slippers that have stretched out of shape and are too loose.
  • Never walk with socks or stockings on hardwood floors.
  • Think about wearing an alarm device that will bring help in case you cannot get up from a fall.

Watch the: 60 second television ad on falls prevention, Alone http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2cfBBnt3Fo&feature=player_embedded

AAOS has more resources on falls:


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