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Hip Fracture Prevention in the Elderly

One of the more common ailments that can happen to elderly individuals is a hip fracture.

Young nurse assisting a senior citizen onto his walkerHip fractures occur in over 1 out of 10 elderly New York City individuals and it is important to practice safe prevention and treatment methods. At Alvita Care we want to help your loved one prevent a hip fracture and our dedicated team of caregivers can assist with treatment in the event of an accident.

Many elderly individuals are at a high fall risk levels and when this occurs a fracture is extremely possible. This mainly occurs as vision decreases, there is a lack of coordination and balance, and weakness sets in.

Additionally, there are a numerous amounts of risk factors that can put elderly individuals at risk for having a hip fracture. Alvita Home Care in NYC and on Long Island wants to inspire you to monitor these risk factors and help your loved ones so they can avoid a hip fracture.

Osteoporosis is one of the first risk factors that can lead to a hip fracture.

This occurs when disease causes weakness in the bones and over 5 million individuals suffer from osteoporosis. By decreasing weight bearing activities this can lead to a safer environment to decrease hip fractures. Additionally, women lose bone density quickly and are more at risk to develop osteoporosis over time. This is due to the hormones that women have and a decreased level of estrogen. Along with gender, heredity can also lead to an increase in hip fractures. Those that are slender, small boned, Caucasian and Asian have an increased chance of having a hip fracture and for suffering osteoporosis as well.

Poor nutrition and lifestyle habits can also increase your chances of fracturing your hip.

Specifically, eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia and excess use of smoking and drinking can increase the speed that bone density is loss. At Alvita Care we feel it is important for both you and your loved ones to practice safe and healthy lifestyle habits. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can affect so many different areas of one’s life and it is imperative that one does not engage in any harmful lifestyle habits.

Finally, at Alvita Care we recommend ensuring that the home environment is safe to guarantee a fall may not happen. Remove any throw rugs and electrical wires and ensure that the lighting is adequate within one’s home. Furthermore, encourage your loved one to make use of any stair railings or grab bars that may be in the stairwell or bathroom to help with one’s balance. If your loved one has a previous medical condition such as diabetes, Parkinson’s, depression, multiple sclerosis, dementia, or depression keep an eye on them and help prevent falls from happening.

There are a few signs and symptoms that can help give a clue if your loved one may have fractured or broken their hip. Being unable to stand, severe pain in the hip or groin area, being unable to walk, stiffness, contusion, and inflammation. If your loved one is experiencing any of these symptoms call your doctor right away or a local hospital to receive assistance.

Typically, hip fractures need to be treated immediately and surgery will need to be performed immediately to correct any issues regarding the fracture.

Once surgery is performed rest, recovery, and therapy is extremely important. Without proper treatment mortality rates resulting in a hip fracture increase exponentially. Additionally, there can be complications such as infection, blood clots, and pneumonia. Patients need to ensure that the replacement is not dislocated, and in some cases the nail or screw in the hip can be dislocated which can lead to complications further down the line. At Alvita Care we suggest patient’s look into rehab centers, physical, and occupational therapists to help make recovery simpler. For help with this, please give us a call at 212-273-0490 and we are here to work with you and your care plan.

Finally, by abiding by a few simple suggestions such as wearing sensible shoes, wearing hip padding, increasing exercise, going to the doctor and eye doctor regularly, and simply taking time to heal will all help with recovery. Fall prevention and treatment after a hip fracture is the starting point towards full recovery.

For questions regarding symptoms of a hip fracture, how it can be covered by insurance, and the required physical/occupational therapy contact us at Alvita Home Care, but we also recommend you consult with your doctor or health care insurance company.

Additionally, we are here to help and our trained geriatric case managers can help at any time. Please give us a call today at 212-273-0490 or you can call us toll free at 1-800-414-7611.
Works Cited:
http://www.aplaceformom.com/senior-care-resources/articles/hip-fractures-in-the-elderly

About AlvitaCare

Alvita Care is a fully licensed home healthcare company providing premier in home caregiver services to seniors living in New York City and on Long Island NY. With offices in Midtown Manhattan and Hauppauge NY, Alvita Care was founded in 2008 upon the idea of "Care Without Compromise". Our care-giving services enhance seniors' lives, by improving their well-being, dignity and independence. We have earned The Joint Commissions Gold Seal of Approval and pride ourselves with our proprietary caregiver matching process that carefully matches our experience caregivers to each client based on personality and technical skills needed. Alvita Care can help whether you need assistance for several hours a few times a week or you require live-in or around-the-clock assistance. Our caregivers provide assurance and relief to families by relieving their anxiety, knowing that their loved one is safe, happy and lovingly cared for.