Health and well-being empower strength and independence at every age. When falls or accidents happen that cause painful injuries, Liberty at Home does everything they can to restore your independence and get you back to your regular routine. A top-rated home-health agency dedicated to providing quality care for their patients, Liberty at Home helps restore the health of individuals by providing compassionate care that empowers an independent lifestyle in the comfort of home.
Fall prevention and recovery is just one important aspect of the care and services Liberty at Home provides for their patients. By assessing patients’ homes, providing physical and occupational therapy, and making sure proper precautionary measures are in place, Liberty at Home insures you and your loved ones can live comfortably and safely.
Fast Facts: Why Fall Prevention Matters for Older Adults
- Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults.
- In 2015, medical costs for falls totaled over $50 billion. Medicare and Medicaid covered 75% of those costs.
- Every year, at least 300,000 older people are hospitalized for hip fractures
- 95% of hip fractures are caused by falls
Falls are largely common among adults ages 65 and older. In fact, they’re so common that according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), older adults are treated every 11 seconds in the emergency room for falls. With effects like sprains, fractures, and at times necessary surgeries, the steps taken to recover and prevent falls in the future are crucial to your health and overall well-being.
Fall Prevention Tips from Liberty at Home
- Have proper lighting throughout your home, especially in hallways and staircases.
- Make sure there are no unstable rugs in any rooms or hallways.
- Furniture placement is important: Make sure furniture is at a proper height to eliminate far-reaching. If you use a walker or cane, make sure there is enough space beside your bed for a sufficient walkway or path.
- Pick up items that are on the floor, especially any toys for pets or children.
- Make sure there are no tripping hazards.
- Consider wearing a medical alert device, especially if you live alone. Here is a helpful guide from Consumers Advocate on how to choose which medical alert device is right for you.
- Exercise regularly to improve balance and stability. If you’re looking for stretching exercises you can do at home check out these tips from professional physical therapists by clicking here.
Meet Liberty at Home Staff and Experience the Possibilities of Compassionate Care
Occupational Therapist for Liberty at Home, Noelle McLelland, has been providing compassionate care for residents at The Hearth for over four years. And the inspiring patient outcomes she witnesses on a daily basis make her career that much more rewarding.
“I enjoy helping other people, and seeing their incredible outcomes is amazing,” she says. While Noelle didn’t always have a career in occupational therapy, her initial interest in the industry stems from a place of love and family. “My dad was diagnosed with a disease similar to Parkinson’s and I saw the way therapy prolonged and benefited his life,” she remembers. “After he passed I decided to switch careers and become an occupational therapist,” she says recalling her dramatic career transition from the fashion industry to healthcare.
To help older adults prevent falls in their homes, Noelle, and Liberty at Home physical therapist, Julie Osborne, work together to screen patients’ living spaces and insure their home is safely organized.
“It’s all about safety awareness.”
Julie says that falls are extremely common among older adults. “A lot of the falls are simply about safety awareness,” she says. Julie recalls a recent occurrence when one resident said she wanted to show her friend a Mother’s Day card she received in the mail.
“I knew what I was doing was wrong,” the resident says, describing reaching for her Mother’s Day card. “I reached too far and then I was on the floor,” she says regrettably. Julie sees a lot of falls unfortunately happen like this.
Many patients experience challenges with fall prevention and recovery due to their lack of balance which both Noelle and Julie say can be remedied by exercising regularly. Noelle says everyday tasks as simple as blow drying your hair or wiping down the kitchen counter can be great ways for patients to move their bodies without explicitly exercising.
“We do this work because of our patients, and we want to give them the best care possible.”
Noelle and Julie are both inspired by their professions in home-health on a daily basis. “Seeing people go from sitting in a wheelchair in great amounts of pain, to three weeks later walking up and down the hall, I just get so much joy out of that,” Julie says. “Three weeks ago they didn’t have the strength to even stand up and now look at them. It’s incredible,” she says thrilled by the progress she sees in her patients each and every day.
For Noelle, it’s not just the residents who inspire her; it’s her incredible team from Liberty at Home who dedicate their careers to providing the best care possible for patients and their families.
“My team is amazing. We’re not in this profession for the benefit of an income. We do this work because of our patients and we want to give them the best care possible so they can gain back their independence.”
Julie and Noelle continue to bring compassionate care to residents at The Hearth and throughout Liberty Lutheran’s senior living communities. Their work empowers residents to become stronger and healthier every day.