Are you or is someone you care about planning to have debilitating surgery? It is very important to consider how the precautions ordered by the surgeon will effect life at home. Will you be able to access the various rooms in your home? Will you be able to get into the bathroom to use the toilet or shower? Will you be able to access items in your kitchen? By planning ahead you can feel confident about returning home after surgery.
Older adult falls are increasing and, sadly, often herald the end of independence,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “Healthcare providers can make fall prevention a routine part of care in their practice, and older adults can take steps to protect themselves.”
“With more than 10,000 older Americans turning 65 each day, the number of fall-related injuries and deaths is expected to surge, resulting in cost increases unless preventive measures are taken,” Frieden noted.
It is critical that our seniors remain safe in and outside their homes, therefore, Home Mobility VT’s goal is to ensure a safe return home following surgery and hospitalization by preparing in advance. This proactive approach strongly supports The Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goals. The assessments also minimize a patient’s anxiety and uncertainty following surgery.