March 14, 2022
Falling can lead to injuries that can compromise a senior’s independence. Research shows 87% of all fractures in the elderly are due to falling, including 95% of all hip fractures. If these seniors neglect to seek proper treatment and rehabilitation immediately, over half of them will likely experience a subsequent fall within a six-month period.
Senior rehabilitation therapy after a fall begins during the hospital stay, which can last several days. While you’re an inpatient, the medical team, the physical therapy team, and the occupational therapy team will assess your condition and determine the right treatment plan. Before you’re released, the teams make sure you’re able to get out of bed on your own, manage your pain, walk with the necessary assistive devices, and manage daily tasks like bathing and dressing.
If you’re unable to accomplish these tasks independently, the team may suggest that you transfer to a senior rehabilitation center for further care.
The goal of a senior rehabilitation program is to help you comfortably return to your normal lifestyle with as full range of motion and little pain as possible. Depending on your individual needs and your physician’s care plan, a short-term stay in the senior rehab center can last anywhere from a few days to about a month. Seniors who need a longer recovery time can receive care for as long as a few months.
Here’s what to expect when you’re receiving rehabilitation for fall recovery:
With proper rehabilitation after a fall, the likelihood you can return to living as independently as you were prior to your hospital stay increases by up to 80%. You might experience a renewed level of confidence and find that daily tasks are now even easier to complete than before.
Find quality inpatient and outpatient senior rehabilitation at Franciscan Ministries. Our comprehensive services include one-on-one treatment from licensed professionals to ensure you’re enjoying the highest quality of life possible after a fall. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule a tour.