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Top Tips for Helping Seniors Recover From a Fracture

Posted by Brian Shevel on 21 February 2014

Toronto, Canada (PRWEB), February 21, 2014 - Home Care Assistance - Toronto/York Region, the leading provider of non-medical, in-home senior care in the Greater Toronto Area, is providing its top tips for helping seniors recover from a fracture.

"Winter is an especially challenging time for Canadians," says Lester Fix, executive vice president of Home Care Assistance Toronto/York Region. "In addition to having to navigate snow-covered roadways, thousands of Canadians are admitted to the hospital each year as a result of injuries sustained from falling on icy sidewalks."

Slipping and falling on ice can lead to big problems. According to Fix, injuries that result from falling or slipping on ice can result in long-term disability; even a seemingly minor slip and fall can result in a concussion, broken bones, hospitalization, or a loss of independence. As we get older, the consequences falling grow as well.

While falls account for more than half of all injuries among Canadians 65 years and over, they account for 85% of all seniors' injury-related hospitalizationsmaking falling the leading cause of injury-related admissions for Canadian seniors. (Source: "The Facts: Seniors and Injury in Canada," Public Health Agency of Canada web site; www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/seniors-aines/publications/public/injury-blessure/safelive-securite/chap2-eng.php, last accessed February 20, 2014.)

"Hip injuries are particularly problematic for older Canadians. Forty percent of seniors' falls result in hip fractures, and half of those who break their hips will never fully recover, with women sustaining the majority of all hip fractures at 75% to 85%," Fix observes. "On top of that, nearly half of all injuries among seniors occur at home, the bathroom and stairs being particularly hazardous due to the increased risk of slipping and tripping."

Fix explains that these numbers could rise significantly over the next 20 years, as more than three-quarters of Canadian baby boomers say they want to retire and live independently in their own homes for as long as possible.

"Unfortunately, the fear of falling or falling again could hinder a senior's ability to lead a healthier, more productive life," he adds. "By limiting activities, seniors are more likely to lose both strength and flexibility, which increases their risk of falling again. Maintaining physical activity is essential if seniors want to prevent falls and injury."

Fix notes that recovering from a fracture will limit mobility, regardless of where the injury took place. The experts at Home Care Assistance Toronto/York Region can help seniors who have experienced a fall continue on the path of healing they began in the hospital environment.

"A full-time Home Care Assistance Toronto/York Region caregiver can provide physical support in daily activities, including cooking and light housekeeping, bathing and dressing, and running errands. They can also provide a wide range of range of exercises to increase strength, mobility, and dexterity," he concludes. "Home Care Assistance Toronto/York Region also provides hourly home care, meaning clients can choose the most suitable times for caregiver service."

Serving Toronto, North York, Markham, Richmond Hill, Thornhill, Vaughan, Newmarket, Unionville, the Township of King, Aurora, Woodbridge, Keswick, and Stouffville, Home Care Assistance Toronto/York Region provides older adults with high-quality consistent care, helping them live happier, healthier lives in the comfort of their home. In an effort to fully address its mobile and homebound clients' lifestyle needs, Home Care Assistance Toronto/York Region provides both hourly home care and live-in home care. On top of that, Home Care Assistance Toronto/York Region is so certain its customers will be 100% satisfied with its services that it doesn't require a long-term contract. To learn more about Home Care Assistance Toronto/York Region, visit the company's web site or call at 1-905-597-5825.

Brian ShevelAuthor: Brian Shevel
About: I am originally from South Africa from a small city called Bloemfontein. After I completed my education, I went to work with my late-father who had a wholesale business selling clothes and shoes to retail stores around the country. I was in the business till I left for Canada in 1993. In Canada, I have run several businesses in a variety of industries. Although I experienced success, I missed helping people. I learned from my parents that helping seniors was important to their well-being and of great value to the community. Volunteer work remains a priority in my life. I am a past president of Bnai Brith and serve on many other committees.
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