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5 Reasons Aging Adults Go to the Emergency Room

By Kevin McClarren, 9:00 am on

A trip to the emergency room is never fun for seniors, but it is possible to prevent many of the common reasons for having to make this visit. Here are the top 5 reasons seniors have to go to the emergency room, and families providing Warren senior care will want to read the included tips that can help keep their loved ones safe and sound at home.

1. Pneumonia

When a cold or the flu goes on too long, seniors can become more vulnerable to catching pneumonia. Because this illness causes life-threatening symptoms, it is important to do your best to prevent your loved one from catching it. Adults over age 65 or those who have chronic health conditions should talk to their doctors about the pneumonia vaccine, and all seniors should address minor illnesses before they have a chance to progress.

2. Drug Interactions

It is important to always be on guard anytime a new medication is prescribed. Many seniors end up in the ER every year due to dangerous drug interactions. Seniors should bring a list of their medications to every appointment and make sure the pharmacy knows about over-the-counter medications they are taking as well. Live-in and hourly caregivers in Warren should be alert for symptoms of an interaction such as dizziness or wheezing.

3. Dehydration and Malnutrition

As people age, their changing metabolism requires dietary adjustments to ensure they get important nutrients. Seniors also sometimes skimp on water due to concerns about incontinence, and some medications are known for causing dehydration. Making sure seniors have assistance with meal planning and prep along with reminders to drink water throughout the day can prevent this type of emergency room visit.

4. Fall-Related Injuries

Whether the result is a broken hip or a twisted ankle, fall-related injuries are some of the most common causes of emergency room trips for seniors. Oftentimes, these injuries can be prevented with a few simple changes around the home, such as installing grab bars near showers or placing nonskid mats in wet areas. Seniors should also have someone they can ask for help with tasks that involve climbing or walking on wet floors.

5. Post-Surgical Infections

Poor wound care often leads to infections that require emergency treatment. Seniors who have recently undergone surgery may still need help changing their bandages and cleaning the incision site after they return home.

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