Assignment 5- Prevention of Falls
NU 416- Nursing Care of the Older Adult
Assignment 5- Prevention of falls
When dealing with the elderly population it’s important to make sure they are cared for properly. Usually by this age it is hard for the elderly adult to care for themselves and need extra help around the house or need help with activities of daily living. Usually elderly patients are very resistant to getting help because they feel like they are becoming helpless and if they can’t do it themselves, they are failures which is not the point. The help they have helps reduce the risk for injury to them whether if they fall or hurt themselves. Most the time elderly patients still think they can move like they are 20 years old and when they try to do something such as bending over and picking something up, they are putting themselves at risk of falling over.
“Each year, one in every three adults age 65 and older falls.1 Falls can cause moderate to severe injuries, such as hip fractures and head traumas, and can increase the risk of early death. Fortunately, falls are a public health problem that is largely preventable.”(www.CDC.gov). For the elderly population it is completely necessary to cover all grounds when it comes to making sure these patients don’t fall, because when these patients fall and because they are older individual it is hard for them to be rehabilitated. Elderly patients don’t recover the same as young adult patients, it takes a lot of time and a lot patients. When housing elderly patients it’s important to make sure they have the needs they need such a caregiver, grab bars in the bathroom or wherever else they are needed, raised toilet seats, step in shower or bath, no rugs on the floor or hallways, hospital beds or side rails, etc. All these things that are used is to protect these patients from harm and are used to prevent these patients from falling....
References: Marquis, B.L., & Huston, C.J. (2012). Leadership roles and management in functions in nursing: Theory and application. (7th ed.) [Digital Edition]. https://online.vitalsource.com /#/books/978-0-323-07316-5/pages/94830499
Retrieved from the: www.CDC.gov
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