For Older Adults a Fall Can Increase Their Chance of Serious Decline and Death
Dear Carol: My 86-year-old dad fell and broke his arm. After two nights in the hospital, he was sent to rehab, but the confusion that he’s experienced since his hospitalization hasn’t resolved. The family all work full time so after rehab, in order to keep Dad safe, we’ll need to move him to a facility. There’s a well-respected care home nearby so, considering the situation, I’m not worried about his long-term care. What does concern me is a friend mentioned that a fall was what signaled the end of her dad’s life. I understand that falls are hard on older bodies, but I didn't know that they led to deaths unless the person hit their head. How common is this? – NM
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