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Dec 1

Some Seniors Don’t Fully Recover From Hip Fracture

hip-fractureThe main reason that fall prevention for seniors is so vital is because hip fractures can completely change their lives and the lives of their families. It is important for families to be realistic that many people do not fully recover from hip fractures, which can change their need for long-term care. Below are the results of a study regarding how many people do fully recover, and exactly how it impacts those that don’t. Thank you for visiting Aviva Home Care. We provide in-home nursing care to area residents throughout the Palm Beach County Florida area. 

For older adults, a fractured hip is often life-changing: The majority will never return to their former levels of independence and physical activity, according to new research.

“We all hope for full recovery, but less than half recover to their previous function after a hip fracture,” said Dr. Victoria Tang, lead author of the study.

The chances of recovery among hip-fracture patients older than 85 with dementia or other health problems are even lower, the study authors found.

“By being able to set realistic expectations of the likelihood of recovery, as family members, we can take steps to plan and prepare for future care needs of the patient,” added Tang. She is medical director of the geriatric surgery wellness program at the University of California, San Francisco.

For older adults, the odds of suffering a hip fracture increase as bones tend to weaken. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 300,000 people aged 65 and older are hospitalized for hip fractures each year.

Using the nationally representative Health and Retirement Study, Tang and her colleagues reviewed data on just over 730 adults aged 65 and older (average age nearly 85 years) who had sustained a hip fracture. The researchers assessed each patient’s health and physical ability before and after the injury.

For instance, could they walk around the block or climb stairs without resting before their fracture? And afterwards, were they able to dress themselves and get to the bathroom on their own?

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