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Senior falls create challenge for adult children

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SAGINAW COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Chris Devaux said it doesn’t take much to fall.

Her father has a problem with falling.

"He hit his head quite bad walking to the mailbox," Devaux said.

Devaux’s challenge isn’t uncommon. She is trying to balance her dad's independence at home and his personal safety.

"It's a hard thing to deal with making that decision: does he need to go to a nursing home?" Devaux said.

How can adult children reduce the chances of their most senior loved ones falling in their home? Experts at the Hoyt Nursing and Rehab Centre, like Linda Brown-Meyer, said a home assessment is a good first step.

"Go into the house look for trip hazards,” Brown-Meyer said. “Throw rugs biggest culprit. You want to get the throw rugs out of there."

Brown-Meyer said pets, stairs, and items that are out of reach are other obstacles our elderly deal with living on their own.

But when is a good time to consider getting your loved out of their home?

"When you start seeing mom or dad getting dizzy a fall happens," Brown-Meyer said.

Brown-Meyer said you can't force someone out of their dwelling against their will. She suggests reaching out to the family doctor or a person that senior citizen trusts. Hearing the message from them could make things easier – potentially saving their life.

"If they fall and fracture a hip, and that happens quite frequently because their bones are weaker, up to 70 percent can die within a year," Brown-Meyer said.

Meanwhile Devaux will do everything she can to make sure her father's later years are great ones.

"If it comes to that it's just finding the right place and getting him in where he can get the best care," Devaux said.

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