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Non-Slip for Safety

Slipping and falling is the second major cause of injuries. The consequences are diverse and are with varying severity. The most common of these are head injuries, back injuries, fractures and sprains; the former two are the most severe. If the patient is elderly, then falls can even be fatal. The good thing is that there are many fall protection devices. Using them considerably reduces risks.

One of the best ways of protecting yourself from falls is to use proper shoes which are of the non-skid or non-slip type. These shoes employ a special type of sole which is resistant to both water and oil, and offers a firmer grip on the floor. This prevents slipping.  An added advantage of non – slip shoes is that foot and back pain are also reduced, because your feet fell comfortable the whole day long

Fall Management Slippers have especially been designed for fall protection. The shoes are made from a soft material, and the sole is made from latex free rubber. They have mainly been designed for wet and slippery surfaces. Though these slippers can be washed, the sole must be completely dry before the patient intends to wear them again. There are four colors to choose from, and all sizes for both men and women are available.

Non slip gripper socks also aid in fall prevention by improving footing on slippery floors. They can also be used for patients recovering from surgery. Non slip socks are made from acrylic, and are comfortable enough to be worn the entire day. They are also available in four colors and all sizes. There are non skid socks as well which have also been designed for fall protection. These are also good for swollen ankles and feet, and can even be worn over casts.

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Ways to Prevent Falls at Home

For Americans 65 years or older, there is no greater threat to their lives than a devastating fall. Each year, nearly 40% of elderly adults fall at least once and either suffers injury, decreased independence or death as a result. Falls need not be from high locations or within dangerous environments in order to be injurious. Most falls occur at home or in the nursing home environment while the person is conducting regularly activities of daily life. Things that were once commonplace, such as showering or walking around furniture, can become hazardous for the aging population without the appropriate accommodations. The consequences of falls can range from minor to serious injury, to death. Some common fall-related injuries include: Bumps and bruises.

Fractures, especially hip fractures.

Head trauma and brain injury.

Not only can such injuries incur medical bills and a need for ongoing healthcare services, but they can also limit the patient’s ability to live and function on their own, which can also necessitate daily and ongoing monitoring. At-home caregivers and nursing home staff need to take the proper precautions for preventing falls, as do aging individuals who live alone. Luckily, there are many ways for people to prevent falls for themselves and for others. Following is a collection of some easy, inexpensive methods to try.

Drive Medical Teak Bath Shower Stool

Shower Chairs: The shower can be a dangerous environment for elderly patients due to its slippery flooring and lack of stabilizing fixtures. For this, shower chairs can be an effective way to help the elderly maintain regular hygiene. Shower chairs are simple, cushioned chairs with suction cups on the feet and rust- and mold-resistant materials. These chairs can stay in the shower, allowing the patient to sit when they become tired, to use the fixture as a method for stabilization and to help get in and out of bathtubs.

The Invacare Adjustable Transfer Bench is a basic example of such a chair, with its bench-like seating and arm-rails. Such chairs are especially good for patients who use walkers, are in wheelchairs or otherwise have restricted mobility. Patients can simply get next to the tub or shower, sit on the transfer bench, and then swivel into the bath or shower with ease.

Invacare AdjustableTransfer Bench Padded

Grab Bars: Many falls occur within the transition between seated and standing positions, as rising can cause dizziness and instability in the elderly, and weak leg muscles may not be able to fully complete the movement. Grab bars are an easy way to maintain a steady, stable motion and allow the patient to use their upper and lower body to stand and make other similar movements.

The bathtub and the toilet are two common areas where sitting and standing can become problematic and even dangerous. The Standers Curve Grab Bar is one type of specialized grab bar for the toilet area. It is affixed to a wall near the toilet and its two-tiered handle system gives patients the ability to bring themselves to a standing position one tier at a time. The large looped handles are easy to grip, and lie flush with the bar to prevent interference or injury once the assistance is complete. The Rubbermaid Bathtub rail is another example of a specialized grab bar for the bathroom. These rails affix firmly and easily to the side of the tub, and feature multi-level handles to allow patients to pull themselves up into a sitting position, and then rise into a standing one.

Rubbermaid Bathtub Rail: White

For other areas of the home, standard gripping bars can be affixed to any stable surface in any room. The Invacare Knurled Grab Bars come in multiple sizes for vertical and horizontal mounting. The texture surface makes them easy to grip, while sturdy construction makes them reliable. Bed Rails: After long periods of rest, the body can take a little bit of time to get back to full strength. For those who need help getting in or out of bed, a bed rail can be a practical solution. Bed rails can be affixed to the bed or placed between the ceiling and the floor in accordance with the environment and desired setup.

The Standers Security Pole & Curve Bar is one example of a bed rail that stands between the ceiling and the floor. It features a pivoting, multi-tiered handle that sits security at the head of the bed and allows the patient to grasp the handles or the bar and safely and securely stand up. This particular model accommodates ceilings between 8 and 9 feet in height, locks into place for extra stability and disassembles for easy transport. The Drive Medical EZ Assist Pole is similar.

Standers Security Pole & Curve Grab Bar

Walkers and Walking Canes: While maintaining independence is important to many aging adults, they are not always able to walk or stand on their own. Without the ongoing stability needed to maintain the upright position, falls and other accidents can occur. A walker or cane gives patients a simple, portable method for getting around while concurrently avoiding falls.

The Rubbermaid Fixed Wheel Adult Folding Walker is one of the more common walkers on the market because of its affordability, simplicity, versatility and portability. The light construction and folding frame keep it easy and convenient to use, back wheels make it ideal for walking and stationary front stops also make it useful for support while standing. Canes are a traditional way to help aging adults get around with extra stability and support. The Invacare Quad Cane is another popular stability item, with a four-footed support that makes it more stable to use and prevents it from falling over and becoming a tripping hazard. In addition to assisting products, aging adults can take some personal and medical precautions to help them avoid falls and maintain independence for longer periods of time. A few of these steps include: Regular, light exercise that focuses on strength and balance (such as yoga or tai chi).

Reviewing medications with doctors to find ways to limit side effects such as dizziness or weakness.

Having eyes checked once per year to ensure that prescriptions are up to date and effective.

Improving lighting in the home.

Reducing tripping hazards by minimizing clutter and rearranging furniture

For over 11 years, at Vitality Medical, we have delivered on our promise to sell top quality medical supplies at the best prices on the Web.

Resources:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control and Prevention – Injuries Among Older Adults

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