Whether it’s a big or small fall, it can have some far-reaching effects for your senior on an emotional level. It’s important that you understand that so that you can be prepared to help.
She May Change How She Interacts with Her Environment
When your senior experiences a fall, she may experience an injury and that affects her while she’s healing. Afterward, she may still interact with her environment as she did when she was injured. Or she may start to watch her feet instead of paying attention to what’s going on around her. Some aging adults find that they cling to anything that seems stable enough to support them, too.
She Could Stop Moving as Much
Another effect she might experience from a fall could be that she stops moving as much as she used to. Part of that can be a result of injuries from the fall itself. Pain and stiffness in muscles and joints can temporarily ground her, but if she’s still not moving much after she’s healed, that can point to emotional effects from the fall. Her doctor can help you to narrow down when she should be fully healed from any injuries she experienced.
Now She’s Afraid She’ll Fall Again
Fear is a huge motivator. Now she might worry that she’s going to fall again and instead of being some vague situation that might or might not happen, she’s already experienced that fall she was trying to avoid. The thing is, your senior isn’t entirely mistaken. People who fall once are twice as likely to fall again. But if she dwells on that fear instead of on what she can do to avoid that second fall, she’s going to make it a self-fulfilling prophecy.
She May Start to Isolate Herself
After a fall, your elderly family members may start to avoid other people. She may not even realize she’s doing it at first. Part of that can be due to embarrassment, especially if her fall was in public. Or she may be trying to downplay the fact that she’s uncomfortable and nervous about possibly falling again. All of this can cause her to avoid other people.
It’s really important that you pay attention to the emotional effects of a fall as well as the physical effects. One way you can help her to manage after a fall is to bring in home care providers. They can help with mobility and other concerns.
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