Medical Alerts for Seniors with Hip Fracture

Medical Alerts for Seniors with Hip Fracture

time icon 5 min read update icon Sept. 28, 2019


The risk of sustaining a hip fracture rises with age. Seniors often suffer from osteoporosis and weakened bones, which make them more prone to a serious break.

Hip Fracture Overview

Research presented in the journal Age and Ageing reports that 35 percent of seniors will fall within the next year, and out of those, ten percent will suffer a hip fracture. When a person suffers from a hip fracture, they almost always require surgery to reset the bone. After surgery, the person is usually faced with months of physical therapy to regain mobility. It is extremely important for a senior to take steps to avoid a hip fracture.

Hip Fracture Impairment

A hip fracture can be extremely painful. It can also significantly limit mobility. A sufferer may face months of rehabilitation before they can successfully regain mobility. Unfortunately, during the recovery process, a senior may face several impairments.

  • Blood clots
  • Pain
  • Bedsores
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Muscle weakness
  • Depression
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Pneumonia
  • Weakened bones
Medical Alert Benefits

A hip fracture can be extremely painful and may limit your mobility for months during the recovery process. Having medical alert services gives you the ability to summon immediate emergency care if you should fall, have a difficult time getting up, or start to suffer severe and debilitating issues such as pneumonia.

The symptoms of a hip fracture vary between people and depend largely on the location of the fracture.

  • Inability to move after you experience a fall
  • Extreme pain
  • Inability to put weight on your leg or hip
  • Stiffness of the hip and leg
  • Bruising of the hip and leg
  • Swelling of the hip and leg
  • Shortened leg
  • A leg that turns outward on the side of the injured hip
Safety Without Medical Alerts

If you have suffered a hip fracture, you can, of course, choose to live your life without medical alert services. However, you should undertake a few additional safety steps to guarantee that you do not fall and that you can quickly call for emergency help if an accident does occur.

  • Limited mobility: During the recovery process after a hip fracture, you will experience limited mobility. You will probably require a wheelchair, walker or crutches to get from room to room.
  • Muscle weakness: Muscle weakness makes rising from a chair or bed difficult. You may need a walker to support yourself as you stand, or a chair that lifts up to help you get to your feet. Beside your bed, a stand and assistant can help you get in and out of bed.
  • Blood clots, loss of muscle mass and bedsores: Not moving because of pain or lack of mobility can cause blood clots, muscle mass loss and bedsores. Ideally, you should be undergoing professional physical therapy to regain your mobility. You should also try to do the exercises prescribed by your physician and physical therapist. Regaining your mobility will help prevent additional health care issues.
  • Depression: Many people suffer from severe depression after a hip fracture. The pain and lack of mobility make it difficult to maintain an upbeat mood. The road to recovery is usually long and arduous. If you suffer from depression, then you should consult with your physician. The support of family and friends is also beneficial.
  • Physical therapy: It is extremely important that you attend physical therapy following a hip fracture to regain independence and mobility. Without physical therapy, you could face permanent disability.
  • Medication: The pain and rehabilitation process after a hip fracture is extreme. When taking pharmaceutical medications, especially painkillers, you need to follow the directions given by your physician and pharmacist. Do not exceed the recommended dosage and only take as prescribed.
Hip Fracture Medical Alerts Conclusion

Many people are afraid that they will fall again after a hip fracture, and many do. Having medical alert services offers peace of mind. You can quickly summon help if you fall and cannot get back up. In many cases, medical alert services are a lifesaver. The service can also help you return to a normal life by relieving some of the stress and fear that you might be experiencing after a hip fracture.

Kimberly Sharpe - Senior Advisor

Kimberly is senior researcher with Grandfolk® providing in-depth product and service reviews to empower senior buying decisions.