Caregiving 101: Identifying fall risks at home
Fall risks are often heightened by the use of common inappropriate support points at home. Explore the suitable medical assistive tools to reduce elderly falls at home.
Common inappropriate support points
Due to weakened muscle and reduction in mobility, elderly might not have sufficient strength to cross over edges. In order to cross over obstacles, they often require supporting points that can provide them with proper support to overcome the obstacles. We have spoken to many of our clients and found out that more than 80% of homes are not properly equipped with proper supporting points, resulting in elderly falling at home. Some of the inappropriate support points we have identified are tables, chairs, shower screens etc.
Possible consequences of elderly using inappropriate supporting points
Elderly do not have the agility to react promptly to prevent a fall. The combination inappropriate supporting points and reduction in agility increased the high fall risks faced by elderly when they are moving around their house.
There are several possible consequence of elderly fall. The least severe would be a small sprain on their joints. More severe cases will result in a hairline crack around their pelvic area. In such cases, metal implants might be recommended for suitable patients to regain mobility.
Many of the elderly, who either had a fall or have the fear of falling, we have spoken to have shared that they choose to reduce their walking activities to reduce the chances of falling. Reduction in walking movement might result in stiffen limbs, which leads to a vicious cycle of increase fall risk.
Medical assistive tools to reduce fall risks
It is critical to encourage elderly to engage in walking activities as it improves their movement and their overall mental wellbeing.
To encourage independence in elderly, we can attempt to increase safety and reduce fall risks with the help assistive tool!
Assistive tools to reduce elderly fall risk
2. Walking stick
Walking sticks are walking assisting tools with rubber soles that prevents slips and falls. It is primarily used to provide postural support for the user which aids the user of the walking stick to stay in a better walking posture.
Quad walking sticks are walking sticks with a wide base and 4 supporting legs with rubber covers. The rubber covers are easily replaceable, making it easily to maintain.
The direction of the base determines which side the walking stick can be used on. The same quad stick can be used for both left and right-handed users. Watch the video below to know how to switch side for quad walking sticks!
3. Grab bars
Grab bars are safety devices designed to provide important points of support in high fall risk areas at home.
The location and proper use of grab bars can greatly increase the efficacy of grab bars in reducing fall risk for elderly. Understanding how to install grab bars and what factors to look out for is critical to create a safer environment for the user.
The wave of Home Improvement Programme (HIP) occurring in ageing HDB flats. One of the items the HIP programme offer is the installation of grab bar to provide a safer toilet environment for the elderly.
4. Anti-slip bathroom mats
Anti-slip bathroom mats can be easily integrated into any existing structure. The anti-slip mat provides an anti-slip surface that reduces fall risk in areas with a slippery surface.
At Medical Assistance4u
Our team of medically trained staff at Medical Assistance4u can provide you with consultation services to assist you in providing good elderly care and finding the right assistive tool and medical equipment.
We also provide services like installation and repair services, relocation and disposal services for bulky medical equipment, home care services and transport for your wheelchair-bound loved ones.