Reducing Physical Injury Occurrence in Seniors.

Geraldine is just twenty four years old and had just returned from school for a break, while every other member of her immediate family went out for their individual daily activities, Geraldine will be staying home today with her grand-dad.

At about 7:10am that very chilly morning, just before her mum turned on her car engine to go for work, she had called out to her daughter Geraldine, in order to remind her not to forget about Grandpa’s appointment with the Doctor, since she was going to have a very busy day at work and will not have the time to be back home before close hour in order to take grandpa for his monthly check up at the state hospital.

“Geraldine, the taxi driver will be here by 12pm, do make sure to be ready before then, so you do not keep him waiting.” Her mum stressed.

It was 10 am, the buzz from Geraldine’s phone was loud enough to jerk her up from the nap she decided to take. She walked lazily out of her room, into the sitting room, where her Grandpa sat cozily on a couch watching Disney channel.

“Grandee, your check up is today and you will need to go inside and change from your knickers into pants, the taxi driver will be here in less than two hours.” Geraldine said, wrapping her hands around her granddad with a peck to his cheeks.

“Okay, okay, that’s alright.” Said the old man, as he picked up his walking stick beside him, stood up, then walked to his room, placing each foot ahead of the other with a lot of care and attention.

At about 11:32pm, Geraldine was all set, she sat on a couch in the sitting room, waiting for grandpa to step out, so they could leave, the driver was early, he arrived at exactly 11:30am.

“Papa,” she called out, but there was no response.

“Grandee, you ready?” She called out again, yet, there was still no response. She stood up, and then walked towards Grandpa’s room, just before she placed her hand on the door knob to push it open,

“Pa, the driver is here, we’ve gotta go.” She said as she pushed the door open, only to find his granddad sitting on the floor, looking all tired and sad.

“Pa?” “Why are you on the floor?” She asked. “I fell down…” “I was trying to…”

Apparently, while Geraldine’s Grandpa was trying to wear his pants, he felt dizzy, his vision blurred, so he missed his steps and fell to the ground. Lifting himself up was a problem, so he sat down there, looking at his bruised ankles and knees.

As parents age, a lot of factors can contribute to incidence of falls around their supposedly safe space, as a result of this, it is then very important to ensure that it is prevented or at least reduced considerably.

Vitamin D supplements have been recommended to be very helpful by health personnel to build firmer bones. The space occupied by the elderly should not be cluttered and the need for good lighting around the house to enhance clearer vision cannot be overlooked.

Minor exercises should be encouraged and practiced to improve balance. Stairways should have firm railings for support.  Avoid unnecessary movement that could lead to falls. We recommend having someone nearby to support patients.

These are all areas where the services of health personnel are critical to a patient’s success. This is where we come in.  Strong Tower Home health Services, LLC is a dedicated team of caring individuals.  Our strength is rooted in our understanding and practice of true compassion and empathy. We provide top notch home care services to our clients.  Our services include Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). Companionship, Medication Management.  All of this can be done in the comfort of our client’s home. We do it all with a loving heart ensuring a safe and caring environment for your loved one/s. We treat our patients the way that we would want our own mother and father to be treated.

Loneliness Amongst The Elderly: Preventing Isolation

Recently, I saw a movie titled ‘Five Feet Apart,’ as directed by Justin Baldonies produced by CBS Films. It placed emphasis on the need for the human touch, how important it is, “it is just as important as the air we breathe,” the narrator said.

Well, at Strong Tower, we understand that life can get pretty busy, a lot busy that we cannot afford to spend the needed quality time with our older parents, as much as we would have wanted. It is never always deliberate that our loved ones are all by themselves, lonely and alone. It does not cost a fortune to see that loneliness lurks around most of our older parents, it stares right to us in our faces.

As much as possible, we wish we can be there with them always, at least, in the remaining days of their lives on earth. Like the old saying goes, “if wishes were horses, beggars would ride,” but, what if we told you that beggars will ride, even though wishes will never be horses? Before then, take a look at this article by Brunet, about Loneliness, how mighty of an adversary it is, the causes, and the need for team work to fight it. Do enjoy the read, and always remember that ignorance is never an excuse.


You don’t have to go very far to see the face of loneliness. It is everywhere: on a park bench, feeding birds; at an apartment window, watching cars go by; on a rocking chair, alone on a building balcony.

Loneliness is defined as a feeling of emptiness, deprivation or sadness. As our population ages, more and more senior citizens suffer from loneliness. This sense of isolation is felt even more during holidays (December, Valentine’s Day, Easter, etc.), although it can also be present on a daily basis. Loneliness should not be taken lightly since it can lead to serious consequences:

  • loss of independence;
  • eating disorders;
  • increased stress and anxiety;
  • depression;
  • sleep problems;
  • suicidal thoughts;
  • higher risk of chronic diseases (cardiac or vascular, especially); and so on.

It is our duty as a society to prevent our elderly members from suffering from isolation in order to conquer loneliness and its consequences.


Several reasons or factors can contribute to loneliness and isolation, including:

  • death of spouse;
  • children moving away;
  • a change in living environment;
  • loss of network of friends;
  • fear of becoming a burden;
  • fear of going out and falling;
  • difficulty communicating (language or hearing problems);
  • illness (ex: cancer, Alzheimer’s disease).


Loneliness and isolation among the elderly is, first and foremost, a social issue that must be closely monitored by our governments, the medical community, social workers, organizations, etc. In addition, families should be closer to their elderly members and pay attention to the signs indicating that a senior’s well-being might be deteriorating.

If an elderly member of your family or circle of friends seems to be isolating himself or herself, or seems to suffer from loneliness, here is some advice to help you remedy the situation:

Visit the person as often as you can. If you have a busy schedule, make shorter visits more often.

Call the person regularly and encourage him or her to phone you. Make sure that the person can easily reach you. Show interest in the topics that are on his or her mind: day-to-day life, health, hobbies and problems.

Also talk about subjects that interest you, even if you get the feeling that the person doesn’t feel involved. Who knows, you might benefit from his or her advice, and it will also give you the opportunity to make the person feel that he or she matters.

Encourage the person to stay active. Go for a walk together or tag along when she or he runs errands.

When you visit, bring your children or those of family members. Senior citizens often enjoy the company of young children, who represent a great source of joy and entertainment. You can also bring a pet, if you have one, and if the elderly person enjoys that. Animal therapy is a proven method to combat loneliness and isolation.

Suggest adopting a pet. Offer your help in caring for the pet or for vet appointments.

Offer the person your help for personal care or housework. Styling someone’s hair or helping her or him straighten or clean up the house can give you the opportunity to chat and to build a better relationship.

Invite the person for lunch or dinner at your house, ideally with the family. Lively meals are also great opportunities to talk and to enjoy the good things in life.

Encourage the person to join or sign up for various activities: bridge, bingo, arts and crafts, outings with a seniors’ club, dancing, etc. If necessary, drive him or her; you and the other members of your family can even take turns playing chauffeur.

Combatting loneliness means preventing exclusion, poverty, loss of autonomy, and psychological or emotional distress. Everyone must do his or her part to contribute to the well-being of our senior citizens and implement measures allowing them to conquer loneliness and isolation. Our elderly members are a national and familial treasure, so it is our duty to take care of them. As the Beatles famously sang: “All the lonely people, where do they all belong?”

There are several reasons why elderly people can isolate themselves from the outside world. Isolation leads to loneliness, and loneliness leads to isolation. We must all unite our efforts to break this vicious cycle that has major repercussions on our society.

© Brunet 2020.