“Meso… what now?” That’s the first thing that came into my head when I heard about mesothelioma. I have never heard about this form of cancer until I read an email from an organization that wanted to know if I could assist in bringing awareness about this disease. The more research that I did on this subject, the more I realized what a devastating disease this is, especially in the elderly.
The past week was hell. My dad misplaced his glasses and what a grumpy man he became. He couldn’t read his papers and had double vision. Okay, seeing a double vision of me, probably increased his grumpiness even more. Eventually, I found his prescription glasses in his room, hiding inside his closet. Dad was so happy that I could literally see a twinkle in his eye.
This incident inspired me to write about …
No one likes falling down and this is especially true for the elderly. It is their biggest nightmare and fear in life. This nightmare and fear is also scientifically supported by a study published in New England Journal of Medicine which states that up to 75% of the elderly would have had at least 2 falls within a year and the risk of morbidity and mortality due to these falls increase with age. This piece of information just enough to make fall prevention the number 1 priority for the caregivers of the elderly.
S.T.O.P = Stop, Think, Observe and Prevent
S.T.O.P is an easy to follow fall prevention program, recommended by the Gateway Geriatric Education Centre, which can assist any caregiver in preventing falls in the elderly. In this program, a caregiver has to stop and look at the environment which the elderly is in, think of how to make it fall safe, observe the elderly and their movement and prevent a potential accident from happening.
The first thing that you, as a caregiver, should do is to identify all the possible locations that accidents can take place as the elderly moves around at home ( this also applies to nursing homes)