The emotional impact of a fall can be devastating for a senior or older adult. In addition to physical harm such as broken or fractured bones, many develop fears that affect the way that every day activities are performed. While it is not uncommon for seniors to exhibit uncharacteristic behaviors after a fall, it is important to understand the emotional causes for these behaviors to ensure their safety and comfort, and to prevent a second fall from taking place.
Anxiety and Depression
One of the most common emotional feelings after a fall for a senior citizen is anxiety which can lead to more serious issues such as depression. Once a senior develops a fear for falling, they become anxious in situations where they believe they are at higher risk for falling again, such as while bathing or cooking. As they begin to avoid these activities, feelings of depression can arise as they feel less independent and unable to do simple tasks. Try to check in with your aging loved one regularly whether in person or by phone to help alleviate these concerns or have a neighbor or hourly home caregiver in Toronto offer assistance with morning or evening routines.
Decreased Confidence and Lack of Motivation
Similarly to anxiety and depression, when a senior falls performing a routine activity, they may suffer from a lack of confidence once they have recuperated. This lack of confidence leads to a lack of motivation and can turn a once active senior into someone who is withdrawn. Not only does this inactivity lead to poor health, it can cause a senior’s mobility, balance and flexibility to decline, all of which play a large role in preventing falls. It is important for family members to provide adequate post-hospital care after a fall and to offer positive encouragement, reassuring them of their abilities whenever possible.
Thoughts of Death and Dying
Unfortunately, some falls leave seniors with heavy thoughts related to death and dying. This is common if the senior lives alone or was by themselves when the fall or injury occurred. They may begin to think about what might have happened if help had not arrived when it did, leaving them with uncertainty about their future. If you think an aging parent or loved one is experiencing these thoughts, there are many technological devices that can help provide safety and security at home. From medical alert pendants to in-home monitoring systems, there are many ways that can provide seniors and their families with additional peace of mind in case of a fall.
Are you concerned about the emotional wellbeing of an aging parent or love one after a fall? Learn more about at-home care for seniors in Toronto where a highly qualified caregiver provides care and invaluable companionship and emotional support to the senior in their own home. With their assistance and careful monitoring, your aging loved one can continue with their regular routines with confidence. Dial 416-488-8777 to speak with a Home Care Assistance Care Manager and schedule a complimentary, no obligation consultation.