Avoid Nursing Home Placement By Early Interventions (Family)

By Pamela D Wilson CSA, CG, MS, BS/BA

Falls occur in one-third of older adults living in the community, age 65 and older, and are associated with significant healthcare costs, increased incidence of illness and death.  Research completed by Lo (2014) through a Life-Space Assessment, indicates that as life-space declines, older adults become more increasingly frail, require more daily assistance with activities of daily living and experience significant declines in mobility.

These changes often result in an unfortunate, but necessary, move to a nursing home because of safety concerns, cognitive declines and an inability to bear the substantial cost of 24 hour in home care. The benefit of early prevention and intervention related to falls is extremely important in supporting older adults to remain in their homes living independently for as long as possible. Research proves that individualized exercise has the ability to improve cognition, physical strength and quality of life.

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©2014 Pamela D. Wilson, All Rights Reserved.

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