Emergencies can quickly turn into tragedies if they are not adequately addressed. This means that first aid skills are essential for caregivers. The crucial skills described below can ensure that caregivers provide swift and effective responses that can make all the difference in maintaining the health and well-being of aging adults.


Contrary to common belief, falls are not a regular part of the aging process. Nonetheless, one in every four adults experience falls, in many cases suffering disabling severe injuries as a result. Regular exercise and proper medication dramatically minimize the risk of falls. If an older adult does fall – resist the instinct to help him or her up right away. Instead, determine whether the person is injured. Call for assistance if the person seems dazed or is unconscious, or otherwise appears to be seriously hurt.



Choking emergencies are common among aging adults. Caregivers should be trained in performing the Heimlich maneuver correctly to minimize the risk of damage in attempting to assist a choking victim. Perform the Heimlich maneuver immediately if a person is unable to speak, turning blue or grabbing his or her throat, and then call for emergency assistance.


Cuts and Tears

Aging skin loses the ability to produce collagen. As a result, skin becomes more delicate and prone to cuts and bruises. Left untreated, these minor injuries can develop into major medical concerns. Proper first aid can ensure that cuts and scrapes heal quickly while helping to minimize the risk of infection. Call emergency services or get the victim to a doctor right away to treat more serious injuries or in cases of significant bleeding.

To learn more about how to deal with medical emergencies, check out first aid classes and workshops offered in your area. The Red Cross and other organizations frequently offer training for free or for a very low cost. 

Thank you to Senior Allegiance Home Care for providing these Healthy Living Senior Tips for our Villa Assisted Living seniors in Corpus Christi, Texas.

For more Information, call Administator Karina Walker, RN BSN at Senior Allegiance at 713-975-1519 or www.SeniorAllegiance.com
or Executive Directors Patricia Torres at 361-991-3252 or Tonda Johnson 361-242-9446 or South@VillaAssistedLiving.com.

References:  www.mayoclinic.com

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