The best tools to help reduce the risk of falls include providing safe access to all areas of the home. Some options include stairlifts, vehicle lifts, porch lifts, and patient lifts.
Did you know that falls are the leading cause of fatal injury among seniors aged 65 and older? This reinforces the need to implement safety and access around the home, potentially with the use of mobility devices. The risk of a fall is great and increases with age especially when the individual has limited mobility. Create peace of mind with tools that will not only reduce the likelihood of a potential injury but that will also help to improve access, autonomy, and quality of life.
The best tools to help reduce falls:
There are many small devices that can aid greatly in mobility, such as ‘reachers’ and grab-bars; for safety, security, and fall reduction, more elaborate and reliable equipment is warranted. Visit authorized mobility aid suppliers to find streamlined devices that can help to increase safe access around your home. Perhaps the most effective tool is a lift, although there are numerous types to look for:
It is reported that the most impactful effect of a fall is losing the ability needed to live independently. stairlifts remove obstacles and barriers that could stand in the way of autonomy for someone with mobility issues. Fortunately, there are different types of stairlifts to accommodate any steps, stairs, or risers in your home. Indoor and out, straight and curved, a stairlift can get you from one point to another safely, comfortably, and conveniently.
Straight stairlifts help reduce stumbles and injuries that can come from access in a second story or multi-level home.
Curved stairlifts are the perfect solution for your unique steps and winding staircases. These remove the obstacles of corners and curves.
Exterior stairlifts make your outdoor features accessible again! From your garden or pool, porch or patio, you will have access to your home’s exteriors.
Straight stairlift rentals provide the opportunity to try a lift for yourself. Worried that you won’t be able to use a lift? This will put your mind to ease before making the investment. Talk to a representative about renting a lift for your home.
Not all vehicle lifts are the same, and it is important to have a lift that is compatible with what you drive. It is estimated that around two-thirds of individuals who take a fall will experience another fall within the next six months. Getting in and out of your vehicle presents challenges, particularly for seniors or those that are recuperating from a previous fall or injury; as for stowing a wheelchair or scooter, let the lift do it for you! Make sure to work with mobility aid professionals who can point you toward the right type of lift for your vehicle the first time.
Some distinct types of vehicle lifts are:
- Joey lifts.
- Curbside lifts.
- Meridian lifts.
Nearly 9,500 deaths of seniors occur each year related to a fall, and outdoor falls are more common among seniors than indoor incidents. Plus, seniors that live independently may have difficulty or delay in getting assistance when they take a tumble outside their home. Porch lifts reduce the risk of a fall outside, while also providing smooth and easy access to all of your most beloved outdoor spots. A professionally-installed platform raises and lowers your chair, scooter, walker- to create a smooth terrain and provide you with the assistance you need.
The benefits of ceiling lifts are two-fold: first, you are reducing the risk of a senior taking a fall, and second, you are decreasing the risk of caregivers to become injured or hurt during transports and lifts. One out of every 200 falls reported among seniors in their late 60s causes a fractured hip; this makes the need and demand of ceiling lifts quite high, especially in healthcare settings. If you want to ensure added safety and possibly avoid an individual falling during transport, therapy, or activities of daily living, a ceiling lift is a good way to go.
September 22nd is Falls Prevention Awareness Day:
Falls prevention awareness day is on September 22, and the theme for 2017 is ‘Ten years standing together to prevent falls.’ This should prompt a sense of solidarity and encourage networking among those impacted by falls, such as seniors, their loved ones, caregivers, and providers. Do something proactive to enable and assist a senior, and that will decrease their risk of an injury from a nasty fall. This seems an appropriate way to honor this special day, and likely most congruent with the mission behind it.
Before buying mobility aids or equipment, work with the experts to assess needs and determine the best devices for your lifestyle. Make sure that vendors offer professional installation, for safety and service, after the sale. Visit Pacific Mobility for assistance, information, and support while you work to reduce falls in your home.
President, Husband, Father, Grandfather Graduate of UC Davis- Bio Sci Major- Go Aggies! Jeff has extensive experience in all of Pacific Mobility’s products and services, and specializes in accessibility products as well as stairlifts, ceiling lifts and custom wheel chairs. His hobbies include spending time with family, gardening, mountain biking, exercising and off road motorcycle riding.
24 years as Owner/President of Pacific Mobility Center – selling, installing, and servicing stairlifts, porch lifts, ceiling lifts, pool lifts, handicap ramping, specialty wheelchairs, scooters, power wheel chairs, and other power mobility devices
Certified Environmental Access Consultant since 2008
Licensed General Contractor since 1998
Certified Aging in Place Specialist since 2016
Board Member for Home Access Professionals
Member of Association of Members of the Accessibility Equipment Industry (AEMA)