Senior Falls May Indicate Need for In-Home Care, More Assistance, Says Always Best Care of Asheville-Hendersonville

February 26 06:00 2015
Seniors may try to keep falls a secret to protect their independence, but Always Best Care of Asheville-Hendersonville says in-home care can help.

Falling can be a major health and safety concern for seniors, but many tend to keep quiet about these incidents. They may be worried that they will no longer be able to live on their own or that they will be inconveniencing someone. If there was no major injury, they may discount the seriousness of the problem. But it is important that they speak up so that loved ones can get them the help that they need to stay safer. Always Best Care of Asheville-Hendersonville has released a new statement to the press regarding this concerning trend.

According to a recent WebMD article, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that while “millions of Americans aged 65 and older fall every year,” less than half alert their doctor of these falls. Fear of losing their independence can be a major reason for keeping quiet. Dr. Nicole Osevala, an internal medicine specialist at Penn State University, explained, “They’re worried about other people becoming concerned about safety issues at home and the potential that they may have to move from their home to assisted living or a nursing home.”

“Falls can be scary,” says Jim Smeaton, owner of Always Best Care of Asheville-Hendersonville, “but it is important that seniors know there is help available. The next step is not necessarily moving into a nursing home. In-home care can provide them with senior care tailored to their needs and allow them to age in place more safely. A qualified caregiver can assist with a wide range of activities and reduce risk of falling.”

Talking to their doctor about any falls they have had can lead to identifying risk factors. Sometimes medications for depression, anxiety, or blood pressure can interfere with balance and increase risk of falling. The article also notes that chronic health conditions or changes in health can also become problematic.

“Another risk factor can be obstacles around the home,” notes Smeaton. “The rolled edge of a rug, narrow walkways, a stray cord, clutter on the floor, or poor lighting can all contribute to tripping and potentially falling. Adding grab bars in the bathroom and motion sensor lights in hallways, as well as putting commonly used items within easy reach are just a few ways of reducing risk.”

Furthermore, Smeaton adds that an in-home care provider can assist with basic personal care, light duties around the home, and be a wonderful source of companionship and support. Seniors can maintain their independence for as long as possible with a level of senior care that supports their individual needs.

“Falls are nothing to shrug off,” says Smeaton. “Seniors should talk to their family and their doctor so that everyone can work together to keep them as safe and comfortable as possible.” Hendersonville residents are encouraged to call Always Best Care of Asheville-Hendersonville at (828) 989-7263 for more information or visit the website.


Always Best Care of Asheville-Hendersonville specializes in providing personalized, non-medical, in-home care to seniors in Western North Carolina. All caregivers have gone through a rigorous screening process to ensure safe and high quality care, and are bonded, insured, and background checked. Senior services include companionship in the home or to go out in the community; assistance with daily activities such as cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, and medication management; as well as basic personal care such as eating, dressing, bathing, grooming, and mobility. Always Best Care recognizes the importance of supporting seniors in safely and comfortably aging in place and maintaining their independence.

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