One in four older adults has experienced a fall at their home. However, a quarter of them kept it a secret from their loved ones.
A study of 2,000 seniors over 65 found that one in four who fell blamed their reduced mobility.
Others blame it on joint pain (13%), or objects on the floor (11%).
Concealing care concerns isn’t just limited to falls though, as three in 10 adults over 65 admitted they’ve hidden a host of support needs from loved ones.
These include changes in toilet habits, forgetfulness, and difficulty sleeping – along with loss of balance, lack of energy, and loneliness.
Commissioned by connected care platform, Anthropos, the study follows a government report which revealed it costs £4.4 billion a year to treat injuries caused by falls.
But the research also found 39 per cent of adults would keep these worries from loved ones because they don’t want to be a burden.
While 26 per cent believe they can deal with any care issue themselves, 16 per cent don’t want to be labelled ‘vulnerable’, and 18 per cent don’t want to acknowledge they’re getting older.
However, 42 per cent of those who haven’t shared their concerns worry about the implications of doing so, while 33 per cent feel stressed at not being open with those close to them.
Despite their best efforts to keep their care concerns private, a fifth of them admitted that loved ones had realised what was happening.
According to OnePoll research, 83% felt that they had lost weight.
Every year, over 600,000.000 older people hide falls
Jim Patience, CEO of Anthropos, said: “It is extremely worrying that a quarter of over 65s are experiencing falls – and a quarter of these people don’t pass this essential care information on to a loved one or carer.
“Practically, it means as many as 686,000 older people are concealing falls each year.
“We hope adults of all ages consider how these findings may support gentle, sensitive conversations with the older people in their lives about all care matters, from falls to forgetfulness.
“Connected Care Platforms can help by first building a picture of older people’s daily routines and then by spotting any meaningful changes that could point towards the need for extra support.
“When that non-intrusive insight is shared (with consent) with families and carers, it can empower both older people and their families to act fast and make better informed care decisions.”
Top 10 Care Concerns for Over 65s that are kept from loved ones
- Reduced mobility
- Toilet habits must be changed
- Difficulty in sleeping
- Falls or loss of balance
- Energy deficiency
- Loss of appetite
- Hearing difficulties
- Physical impairment/ tremors/ weak grasp
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