As Flu Season Winds Down, Hospitalization Still a Threat

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Seniors are hospitalized at a much higher rate than other. Falls are a primary cause of this, as well as numerous other potential risk factors: not following doctors’ orders to the letter, ignoring symptoms and medication management complications, and it seems like any time of year can be prime time for senior hospitalization.

When seniors are hospitalized, it often takes them longer to bounce back – if they are able to do so at all. They risk hospital-borne infection, can become disoriented by the disruption in their routine, and may have new medications that are tough to get used to or interact with their other prescriptions.

The good news is, according to a recent study of nurses, nearly half of senior hospitalizations (48.5 percent) can be prevented with early detection and intervention.

In fact, these five preventative actions can help reduce the potential risk that an older adult will end up in the hospital:

  • Follow doctors’  orders
  • Don’t ignore symptoms
  • Reduce risks of falls and accidents
  • Stay active physically and mentally
  • Maintain a healthy diet

Just as important as any of the above is family. Nearly 100 percent of the nurses surveyed said that family members play as vital a role in keeping seniors out of the hospital as medical professionals, yet less than half (48.6 percent) of the seniors they see have family members who serve as active advocates for their care, according to the survey.

If you want to be a stronger advocate for your senior but you’re not sure where to begin, our downloadable 5 Ways to Prevent Senior Hospitalization guide illustrates how you can help your senior with the preventative actions they can take. You can also assess your senior’s risk of falls by clicking here.


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