05 Nov Helping Caregivers Get Ahead of Fall Risks During the Winter Months
Getting Your Loved One to and From Medical Appointments Throughout the Winter
According to the Center for Disease Control, falls account for nearly 3 million injury-related visits to hospital emergency departments for individuals over the age of 65 per year. Falls are the leading cause of injury-related emergency room visits for individuals over 65, resulting most commonly in hip fractures and traumatic brain injuries. The severity of these injuries in individuals leads to long term mobility issues, causing them to be at an even higher risk of falls in the future.
With the coming of the winter months, the risk of falling increases due to poor weather conditions leading to individuals avoiding outings, appointments, and general exercise, creating an even greater risk for falling. This cyclical danger can feel daunting as family and professional caregivers attempt to keep up on doctor’s appointments, procedures, and last-minute medical needs. Throughout the coming months, having a plan is key. To support this effort, here are a few tips to keep plans on track:
- Stay Organized: We are truly living in the future! Now, more than ever, there are so many free resources and apps to help caregiver’s stay organized. Whether you like things written out on paper in a planner, or appreciate technology at your fingertips, there is a tool for you. To learn more about dedicated apps for caregivers here!
- Plan Ahead: With a record-breaking worker shortage as well as supply-chain issues, it is imperative to stay ahead of the game when it comes to making medical appointments whenever possible. Maintaining wellness instead of responding to an emergency will help caregivers avoid struggles with doctor’s month-long waitlists and necessary supply shortages.
- Enlist a Professional: Caregivers often feel like an army of one when taking care of a family member. Luckily, there are resources available to relieve a little bit of the pressure. From home care aids to transportation companies, caregivers can feel confident in the services they are bringing in to help them care for a loved one.
For caregivers who continue to work full time jobs, or uncertain driving in less-than-ideal weather conditions, MedTran Spokane provides safe and convenient non-emergency medical transportation to get loved ones where they need to go. Our fully trained staff handles difficult weather conditions with ease, safely getting you and your loved one from your door, to an appointment with support and care.
Find support and confidence in booking a ride with MedTran throughout the winter months here.