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.
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
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:
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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