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Technologies for Preventing Falls in the Elderly

By Mark Silvanic, 9:00 am on

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 20 percent of falls experienced by senior citizens cause fractures or traumatic brain injuries. Hospitals report nearly three million seniors require emergency room treatment each year after falls, and more than 800,000 require hospitalization and surgical intervention. The concern of fall frequency in the elderly has influenced the introduction of different types of preventative technology. If you want to reduce your aging loved one’s risk of falls, consider investing in one or more of these devices.

TABS Monitors

These portable devices are easily used whether a senior is sitting in a chair or lying in bed. The battery-operated units feature a clip on a string that attaches to the rear of an older individual’s upper clothing item. The other end of the string has a metal piece, which adheres to a metal plate or inserts into the alarm and is then positioned out of the senior’s reach. When the senior attempts to rise unattended, the metal disconnects from the alarm, which produces an audible signal. The double-stranded strings also allow for length adjustment. 

Slips, falls, and injuries are some of the many issues aging adults may experience. Seniors can face a variety of challenges as they age, many of which can be mitigated with the help of professional in-home caregivers who provide high-quality non-medical home care. Colorado Springs families trust in Home Care Assistance to help their elderly loved ones age in place safely and comfortably.

Seat Belt Alarms

These devices are typically used for older adults who are unable to walk unassisted or are confined to a wheelchair. If the senior opens the belt in an attempt to stand, the belt initiates an alarm to signal the need for help. These battery-operated belts are adjustable to fit seniors of different weights. 

Pressure Monitors 

These monitors feature a pressure-sensitive pad that fits on the seat of a chair or beneath the linens on a bed. The pads are attached to the main battery-operated alarm unit. When the senior rises from the chair or sits upright in bed, the pressure change automatically triggers an alarm. The device can be turned off when not in use and also comes with a dual-volume control. 

iStoppFalls

Created by a company in Australia, this alert device features a sensor that emits an audible signal when the senior exhibits unstable physical activity. However, unlike other products, iStoppFalls also features a training system. The system is designed to teach seniors how to fall safely so they can prevent injury or sustain minimal injury.

Hiring a professional caregiver is another way to reduce your senior loved one’s risk of falls. In Colorado Springs, Colorado, home care agencies can be a great boon to seniors. With the help of the caregivers at Home Care Assistance, your aging loved one can lead a happier and healthier life. We offer a revolutionary program called the Balanced Care Method, which encourages seniors to eat nutritious foods, exercise and socialize regularly, and focus on other lifestyle factors that increase life expectancy.

Smart Carpet

In the United Kingdom, the University of Manchester created an innovative product called a smart carpet. This fall prevention technique uses plastic optical fibers in the carpet underlay, which tracks walking patterns. Caregivers are then able to detect changes in an individual’s gait that may result in a fall. When a senior demonstrates potentially hazardous gait patterns, a caregiver may then monitor him or her more closely.

Virtual Reality

Scientific Reports featured an article on a study concerning the possibility of using virtual reality technology to evaluate a senior’s gait for potential hazards and prevent falls. Following an initial assessment, physical therapists then used the tool to start gait correction for high-risk older adults.

Consider hiring a professional caregiver if your aging loved one has limited mobility or other issues that could increase his or her risk of slips and falls. Certain age-related conditions can make it more challenging for seniors to age in place safely and comfortably, but Colorado Springs live-in care experts are available around the clock to help seniors manage their health. Whether your loved one is living with dementia or is recovering from a stroke, you can trust in professional live-in caregivers to enhance his or her quality of life. To learn about the premier in-home care plans at Home Care Assistance, call one of our friendly Care Managers at (719) 822-1229 today.