Falling can happen to anyone, but for older people, the risk is particularly high, and the consequences potentially severe.
Preventing a fall is therefore very important for the health and wellbeing of our loved ones and those who care for them. Good news, there is a mobility aid that can prevent falls and fractures at home: the ultimate fall prevention tool!
A fall is a serious health issue for older people. Did you know that 1/3 of all people aged 65 and older fall each year, increasing to 1 in 2 for those over 80? And of all those people who fall, 75% is admitted to hospital.
Many slips, trips and falls happen in or around the home. Most falls occur in the bathroom. Here are our elderly fall prevention areas you should have a look at.
- Seniors get disorientated when they get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom.
- Wet feet in the shower can be slippery with something to hold to
- Stepping in or out the bathtub without support
- Reaching for the soap and losing your balance
As mobility reduces, it may be advisable to get a handy living aid to keep you safe and independent at home. Here are the areas you should take a look at, at home.
Bathroom Safety Aids
The slippery floors in the shower or the bathtub can lead to painful falls. Sitting while you shower or bathe can help you keep safe. This shower chair with holes for water drainage is a very comfortable solution.
Toilet seat riser
A raised toilet seat makes it easier to get on and off the toilet. It also gives you a grip to hold to when you sit or stand-up. The great advantage is that this assistive device will assist you with balance and mobility while using the toilet, and reduces the risk of slipping. Great fall prevention equipment for elderly!
Over toilet frame
A toilet surround frame adds support to your toilet, giving you a place to grip as you sit or stand.
A bedside commode will help you go to the toilet without having to find your way to the bathroom at night. The ultimate elderly fall prevention if you are recovering from an injury!
An unsteady walking gait can increase the risk of a fall. If you need a little more support, a walking frame can help you stay stable on your feet.
Another handy mobility aid, is a stand-assist that helps you stand up from a sitting position, f.i. your bed, couch, chair, recliner. It will also assist you with sitting down. The perfect fall prevention device if you are a little older or not have difficulty with balance.
There is an assistive 'fall prevention device' that combines all these functionalities in one: our multifunctional chair.
With a maximum weight capacity of 100kg, it is the perfect mobility equipment for anyone who is in need of mobility assistance. This 6-in-1 mobility aid improves your safety, maximises comfort, and is a great solution after a hip or knee surgery.
If you are waiting for a hip replacement or knee procedure, we suggest you read more on the benefits of the multifunctional chair after a hip or knee surgery.
The Multifunctional Chair is easy to assemble and is adjustable in height. The ergonomic handles provide 2 levels of secure hand grip. The device folds away with ease for convenient storage.
This multifunctional chair is only available in Australia at Bettercaremarket.
With falls ranking as the #1 cause of injury in people over 65, fall prevention should be a priority for everyone. With the proper precautions in your home and a unique fall prevention device, you can reduce falls and keep your independence! Discover the Multifunctional chair to stay safe and on your feet!
Find more on all the features of our multifunctional chair in our blog, "Elderly care: preventing falls at home with this convenient mobility aid".