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Foam Hip Protectors – What’s New

People who are prone to hipbone fractures, like the elderly or those with brittle bones, require fall protection pads to prevent such incidents. With the passage of time, bones become weak and require extra support to avoid harm in case of a fall. Elderly people may require  extra support for their hip protection in order to be safe and avoid a hipbone fracture if they fall.

Hip protectors  provide the required support needed for weak bones.  These hip protectors for the elderly are very effective,  inexpensive medical tools. Hip protectors are able to protect the hipbones during a fall because they are designed in such a manner which enables them to perform the function which is required of them.

Most forms of hip protectors are worn under regular clothing as you would with underwear. It is often that a fall occurs sideways, thus the reason being incorporation of foam pads at the sides of the underwear. These foam pads are held in place through special design. These pads absorb most of the force of a fall and divert it away from the hipbone, thus reducing the risk of a hip fracture to occur.

There are several brands in the market which provide different types of hip protectors. Posey is no small name when it comes to hip protection.  They manufacture many types of hip protectors, designed for both, men and women.

You can also find Posey hip protectors for people having incontinence problems. You can see the image of Posey Hipsters Incontinent Brief at the right hand side. They include hip protection pads, which are designed to handle and tolerate more number of washes. You can also find products that have protection pads, which can be replaced.

Resources

http://www.nchh.org/Portals/0/Contents/Article0786.pdf

Protection From Falling

It’s very seldom that we think about placing fall protection devices at home especially when there are no elders around. However, in a home where your parents or grandparents live, it is especially important that they are protected in case they stumble or fall.

It is common for elderly people have weak and brittle bones, which sometimes make it hard for them to walk from one place to another. Most of the time they rely on canes and other walking supports, but most of the time even with these devices we cannot avoid sudden falls.

Here are some of the devices and tools you can use to assure that your home is equipped with elderly protection:

Active Safe Hip

Active Safe Hip by Tytex

Hip protection. Hip protectors come in the form of underwear with sewn in plastic hip guards. Hip guards protect against unprotected fall and prevent hip fractures. Hip fractures happen due to sideway falls, which is why hip guards are sewn on the sides.

Floor guards. You can start placing floor cushions on places, which are likely to be accident prone areas in the house. This could be the kitchen or the bathroom. Aside from placing a floor cushion you can also place anti slip mats to avoid the elders or anyone from any unwanted accidents.

Posey Floor Cushions

Posey Floor Cushion

Most of the time, we oversee these things and forget that a small slip can lead to a bruise or even a hip fracture. Hip protections devices and floor guards are usually the first things that come to mind when we think of preventing these accidents. But these are only initial measures to be taken.

For elderly protection around the house it is also ideal that bed rails, hand rails, and different types of grab bars are installed all around the house so that our elders will never run out of things to cling on to while walking around.

What is a gait transfer belt?

The increased risk with mobility for the aged or disabled.
Improving Mobility Problems with Gait Transfer Belts
As we age our mobility diminishes because of the body’s susceptibility to joint and muscle aliments. For most elderly, moving around on their own is with great risk. In order to prevent falls and broken bones, the assistance of a caregiver or family member is essential. Often injuries still result to the elderly even with assistance because of their fragility, balance or weight problems. Caregivers who assist the aged or other people with decreased mobility are also subject to injury when attempting to prevent the person from falling or stumbling. In other words, both the person being cared for and the caregiver are at risk.

Reducing risk with gait transfer belts.
Gait Transfer Belts Prevent Injuries to Patients and Caregivers
The risk associated with assisting elderly people with their mobility can be significantly reduced with inexpensive devices designed to help. Gait Belts can help caregivers provide mobility assistance for the elderly so that they can move around or transfer from a hospital bed to a wheelchair, bath or toilet. Gait belts make it safer for both the elderly and the caregiver. These special devises provided hand holds for the caregiver to grab and use to steady the elderly patient. Gait belt use is not restricted to only the elderly; it is also used with people of all ages recovering from injuries or surgeries and for people who have special needs. The ease and simplicity in using a gait belt has made it a great choice for caretakers at medical institutions and also at homes to move elderly as well as injured people around. It is also used in rehabilitation as a support.

How are gait transfer belts constructed?

A gait transfer belt can be made from a variety of materials. The most commonly used ones today are made from cotton to be more comfortable to the wearer. The belt is fastened around the waist of the patient with a buckle. There are many different variations of Transfer Belts available on the market. A common variation of the gait belt is one made from nylon or other synthetic material that is easily cleanable. The recent fear that gait belts may help spread infections has compelled many hospitals and care centers to shift over to these synthetic types because synthetic materials can be easily disinfected and sanitized by simply cleaning with soapy water. You can also find a full size life vest which has belts and loops to further simplify the transfer of patients from wheelchair to bed and vice-versa. A traditional cotton variant will cost around $6 to $10, while the synthetic ones cost around $25. The life vest variant cost $150 or more.

How do gait belts work?

Posey Transfer Belts Holding the hand to provide support or using the walls and furniture to help move an elderly person around can be unsafe as the support required to hold their fragile legs up is minimal. The right way to do this is by using a gait belt. It helps the care taker in keeping the person upright and in also maneuvering them around.  Sometimes more than one caretaker maybe required. For such cases a gait transfer belt with side handles can be used. With two persons providing support to the patient it becomes easier to handle the person receiving assistance.  It also prevents the caretaker from developing back issues or other stress related injuries.

Learning to use a gait belt at home.

Posey Add-On Gait Belt Grips and Handles Before putting the gait transfer belt on a mobility patient, make sure that they know what you are doing and why. First, if they are lying down, have them sit up and slide forward to the edge of the bed or wheelchair. Have them lean forward so that you can wrap the belt around their waist. Move the loose end of the gait belt into the buckle and pull the other end to tighten the belt. Tighten it to just that extent that you can slip your fingers between the belt and the waist of your mobility patient. Slip your fingers into position from below the belt. Tighten your hold on the belt and stay in a crouched position with a straight posture. As you push the belt upwards ask him to slowly rise to his feet. If you are doing this step right then you will find that it does not take that much of an effort to help them stand up. Now, keep a constant upward force on the belt and ask them to walk slowly in your direction by firmly planting every step with a flat foot. Guide them to their destination by simply maneuvering yourself. Once you reach the edge of the surface that the patient will be resting upon, tell them to slowly sit down with a straight back. Make sure to keep applying a constant upward force throughout this process. Once they are safely settled onto the chair or other surface, remove the belt and tell them to slide back.

Precautions to take when using gait belts.
Posey Economy Transfer Belt
There are many different sizes of Gait Transfer Belts. Make sure that the size you get will fit around the waist of the patient without being too loose or too tight. When you tighten the belt make sure to tighten it just to that point where you can slip in your fingers comfortably. Keeping the gait bet too loose will allow the belt to slip, subjecting the patient and yourself to losing your balance and a possible fall. Always keep your back straight when supporting the patient. Do not twist or turn abruptly as you can very easily hurt your back. Lastly, remember a gait transfer belt is not made to help a person walk. It is meant to be used to provide support so that the person can be moved from one safe surface to another. Hence, always make sure that the destination is only a few steps away. You can achieve this with the help of a wheelchair or a walker.

It is always advisable to learn from a qualified caregiver the safe procedures to use at home while taking care of elderly or disabled people. Gait transfer belts are a helpful tool to protect patients and caregivers from injury.

Where can you find Transfer Belts?

Vitality Medical specializes in medical supplies and homecare products. With a broad selection numbering in the tens of thousands, you can find almost anything you might need, including gait belts. Visit them online today to check out their selection of Transfer Belts, Lift Assists, and Gait Belt Grips from Invacare, Posey and Scott Specialties. Vitality Medical delivers right to your door!

How To Prevent Injuries To Aging Parents

Protect Your Aging Parents from Fall Injuries and Other Accidents

For aging parents, their homes are certainly not the safest places for them to be. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that nearly one million people over 65 come into emergency rooms for injuries sustained in their own homes. In fact, accidental injuries in the home for older people is three times greater than it is for anyone else—60 deaths for every 100,000 people 65 and older as compared to only 20 deaths per 100,000 for people under 65.

Slips and falls are the main cause of injuries sustained in the home. Carpets and rugs that slip are a frequent cause for a falls. Bathtub mats with grippers and grab bars in the bathroom can reduce that number as can handrails on both sides of stairs.

It’s not uncommon to see patients who have been injured by hot water to have burns severe enough for hospitalization. The CPSC suggests that water heaters be kept no higher than 120˚ F to prevent scalding and the installation of at least one smoke detector for every floor. Flame-resistant nightwear is also recommended.

Bathroom Safety Grab Bars - Dependa Bar

The reason so many older people are injured is that they don’t see the hazards. Many of them are easy to fix, but they must be identified first.  One of the areas not often checked is cords. They should not be stretched across any open area lest they become a tripping hazard. It’s wise to avoid extension cords altogether if at all possible. Make certain there is no furniture resting on a cord. In addition, a cord under carpeting presents a fire hazard. Stapling or nailing a cord down is discouraged because a damaged cord can cause a fire.

Phones should be placed strategically so that if there is an accident, help can be obtained quickly. An alternative to the telephone which may not be accessible in the event of a fall is an emergency alarm that can be worn around the neck.

Aging parents easily get cold easily and resort to portable heaters for additional warmth. Space heaters can be big offenders. A three-prong plug on a heater should never be plugged into a two-hole receptacle. These heaters should have the safety feature that turns them off in case they are tipped over. If the heater uses kerosene or gas, correct installation and operation are important. If such heaters are unvented, a door or window should stand slightly open to provide ventilation. A carbon monoxide alarm is wise with one of these space heaters.

Safety Alarm System by Posey

Elderly people die frequently in fires. Wearing short sleeves or rolling back long sleeves in the kitchen is a wise preventive measure.

Vitality Medical carries a wide range of safety products for older people including patient safety alarms and senior medical alarm systems. Vitality Medical also carries devices to help people be safer in their bathrooms such as grab bars, shower chairs, hand-held showers, and raised toilet seats.

Visit the patient care store at Vitality Medical for everything a caregiver of elderly patients will need. The advantages of ordering at Vitality Medical are that the prices are right, and everything you need can be ordered online without leaving your home or in the case of the caregiver, the patient’s home.

External Hip Protectors Help Prevent Hip Fractures

Fall Protection Devices and Medical Supplies For Your Aging ParentsFall protection is a significant worry for many who are concerned for their aging parents. As people age, their gait becomes a little more unsteady and more susceptible to falling and harm. Falls are very common with the elderly and often result in devastating and debilitating injuries such as hip fractures. Compounding the problem with falls is osteoporosis, a common disease in older women that makes the bones weak and fragile. Hip fractures are particularly troublesome and can be prevented. There are three major steps you should take to assist your parents in reducing their risks to fractures, particularly hip fractures.

The first step is removing obstacles in the hallways and other areas of the home. Obstacles can trip your parent or cause them to loose their balance. This step is the most inexpensive preventative measure.

Installing fall protection systems throughout the home is the second preventive step. Fall protection safety devices like handrails, grab bars, shower chairs, toilet safety frames, floor cushions, cushioned bath mats, bedrails, EZ Assist Poles, and even walkers and rollators can prevent falls and are important preventive measures. Soft Sole Footwear or Soft Sole Socks can reduce slipping falls. Each of these fall protection devices are inexpensive and can reduce the risk of fall injuries to your parents and reduce your exposure to large hospital bills.

Hip Protection BriefsPersonal fall protection systems or personal protective equipment is the third preventive step. There are a number of personal fall protection devices to choose from. Protective pads or hip pads provide good fall protection. Pads protection is very inexpensive and effective for most situations. Most hip fractures are caused by sideways falls, with the impact directly on the side of the hip. External hip protectors or cushioned pads made of special protective and shock-absorbing material rest directly on the hips over the most common impact points. Hip padding has been shown in many scientific studies to be very effective in the prevention of hip fractures in the event of a fall1.

Crotch-Less Brief DesignFoam hip pads come in different styles that can be worn just like regular underwear, or with a crotch-less design that can be worn over regular underwear. The hip protection briefs come in standard and community styles and are available for women or with fly for men. There are also special designs available to care for people with incontinence issues which have protective pads in them that can tolerate higher washing temperatures than the regular pads, while featuring the same impact protection. This style also has a snap front to make it easy to put them on over adult diapers. The protective hip padding in all styles is low profile, so that it can be discreetly worn under the clothing. All of these styles are available from Posey at Vitality Medical. The hip protector briefs are made from Lycra®/Cotton to make them comfortable to wear. The Posey Hipsters brand are one of the best sellers for this category. The pads in these hip protectors are sown into the garment. These hip protection pads are easily washable in a household laundry washer. Hip pads are also replaceable.

These hip protector pads are a suitable, comfortable and economical way to save pain and suffering that can be caused by hip fractures and are conveniently available on the Vitality Medical website. Vitality Medical provides medical supplies and equipment you can order online at discount prices from the leading medical supply companies.

Resources

Oxford Journals, Age & AgeingBed falls and bedrails—what should we do?

Oxford Journals, Age & AgeingFalls, Fractures and Trauma

Oxford Journals, Age & AgeingPrevention of hip fracture with hip protectors
Oxford Journals, Age & AgeingDiabetes, falls and fractures