Falls in the Elderly


First, I want to thank all of you who have given such encouraging feedback regarding our newsletters. It gratifies me that the information is useful to you in your professional lives and helpful to those of you who are caregivers.

Last month, I volunteered for Senior Umbrella Network of Brooklyn (SUN-B) at a street fair where they set about educating the public regarding falls in the elderly. This reminded me how important vigilance in this area really is. We are often so consumed with the symptoms and treatments of the diseases endemic to the elderly that we fail to see how a simple fall can have catastrophic effects. As you are well aware, these falls can lead to disabling conditions, extended hospital stays and even death. Commonplace activities like walking, shopping and
socializing become dreaded activities exacerbating their isolation. And, with most falls occurring at home while doing mundane tasks, the elderly come to view themselves as fragile. That is why our aides are instructed frequently during in-service training about safe environments for our elderly clients.

Given the importance of this topic, I am presenting some strategies that may be critical to preventing falls in our precious elderly population. Please feel free to forward this to anyone you feel would be interested. Please keep sending your feedback and suggestions. Again, if you choose, you may unsubscribe at any time. We only ask that you do not press the spam button, but rather click on the link above.

Best wishes,
Anita Kamiel, M.P.S., R.N.
Director of Patient Services

Anita Kamiel, R.N, M.P.S. is the founder and owner of David York Home Healthcare Agency and is fully acquainted with all factors related to eldercare services and the latest guidelines for seniors.  She holds advanced degrees in gerontological administration and has experience in the field as a Nursing Supervisor in a nursing home.  Anita has been in the business of home care for over 40 years starting out in a NYC Medicaid agency.  Thirty years ago she realized the need for affordable, quality home health aide services provided and supervised by caring individuals, so she boldly opened David York Home Healthcare Agency in Brooklyn, New York. She is the mother of 4 and the grandmother of many and when she is not on adventures like safaris in Africa, she still works 6 days a week and runs to her workout classes 3 of those nights.  You can contact her at 718.376.7755 or at www.davidyorkagency.com where she is happy to share her experience and help you through your home healthcare issues.