IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT THE EPIDEMIC OF FALLS

LATEST 2019 TECHNOLOGIES FOR SENIOR SAFETY AND PROTECTION

Fall and injury prevention continues to be a considerable challenge among all seniors. Falls are a life-threatening concern for older adults aged 60 years and above. A fall can significantly reduce one’s quality of life and ability to remain their independence. According to the Center for Disease Control (2017), 3 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries each year and over 800,000 patients will be hospitalized due to head and hip injuries. As a caregiver or healthcare professional, it is our duty to ensure that safety is the utmost priority. From 2007 to 2016 the fall death rate in the United States has increased 30% (CDC, 2017).

Falls are not an inevitable part of aging and there are proven ways to reduce falls. The risk factors that can be managed include medication side effects, environmental hazards, and muscle weakness. Ensure medications are not causing side effects such as lightheadedness, sedation, visual impairments, or orthostatic hypotension that increases one’s risk for falls. Environmental hazards that can be reduced include, but are not limited to, clutter removal, securing loose rugs, cleaning spilled liquids and foods, using non-slip mats in the shower, wearing properly fitting, non-skid shoes, and having adequate lighting. Additionally, one of the most important modifiable risk factors is staying physically active. Those seniors who are afraid of moving are more likely to experience a fall. Physical activity prevents muscle atrophy, improves balance, flexibility, and motor coordination (Mayo Clinic, 2017).

For over 25 years, Predictive Health Devices Inc. has been involved in the emerging healthcare area of proactive and predictive healthcare. Our team is dedicated to reducing negative medical outcomes in healthcare facilities and at home. Our mission is to ensure the best solutions available using the most predictive, proactive, game-changing technologies and the integration of artificial intelligence following years of research. We have consulted with most top hospitals and healthcare organizations to provide fall prevention monitoring and advice on numerous valuable technologies to improve patient safety and risk. This approach has saved thousands of facilities, and the senior community, billions of dollars in unnecessary risk and patient safety. It is estimated the total medical costs for falls totaled more than $50 billion dollars last year (CDC, 2017).

The latest technologies are going to be invaluable to seniors and their families. Some of the devices include wearable/inflatable hip protectors, unique watch-like wearable, wireless fall and exit alarms, and wireless caregivers. These products aide improvement in self-care and provide ongoing guidance outside of a professional encounter. Each with a tracking platform that continuously collects patient data with abilities to transmit clinically valid objective data back to healthcare professionals and caregivers. The real-time fall protection devices allow for timely notifications of important indicators of concern regarding a patient’s status. By enabling individuals with the latest health technology, they can live a healthier, safer and more active life.

Our Predictive Health Devices include:

  • Hip HopeReal-time fall protection wearable device

https://www.predictivehealthdevices.com/research/#hipHope

  • Multi-sensor smart wearable belt, detects impending falls, deployable airbags
  • Maximum functionality, reliability, comfort, and ease of use by seniors
  • Continuously logs user motion activity to review patterns and implement interventions to maximize quality of care
  • Reports fall to caregiver with GPS location; providing a sense of security

 

  • Trazer – Most advanced rehabilitation technology
  • Numerous senior citizen fall protocols developed at Cleveland Clinic; comports with CDC STEADI protocol
  • Designed to improve physical performance, enhance safety, and assist in rehabilitation of injury in a fun, interactive way
  • Objectively quantifies senior progression and outcomes and thereby increasing the viability of assessment

 

  • Helo – Advanced life-changing wrist wearable monitoring system

https://www.predictivehealthdevices.com/research/#HELOWelness

  • Measures Blood sugar, BP, heart rate, oxygen, temperature, EKG, Respirations, sleep quality and much more
  • Tracks and charts gathered data; Enables user-set biometric panic levels
  • With user approval, shares data with up to 20 others (parents, children, physicians, coaches, etc.)

 

  • Care-Coach – Patient support ecosystem

https://www.predictivehealthdevices.com/research/#careCoatch

  • Low cost certified wireless caregiver/avatar
  • Provides interface protocols to directly impact patient anxiety, mitigate delirium, provide companionship, and much more
  • Proven to significantly reduce falls through alerts to caregivers either remotely or in-house
  • CareLine Inc. – 50-year-old, Veteran-owned, American manufacturer

https://www.predictivehealthdevices.com/research/

  • High-quality products that increase patient satisfaction, aide staff efficiency, and reduce costs
  • Manufacture and source the best possible products and fall prevention kits at the best possible prices, across the country and around the world

 

  • Triple Aim – Medicare driven, chronic care services

https://www.predictivehealthdevices.com/research/

  • Primary care offices including telehealth and reimbursement services for systems and physician

 

  • LinQ Fall Prevention Alarm – Intelligent exit alert monitor https://www.predictivehealthdevices.com/research/#alarms
    • Silent wireless alarm system with monitoring at a central location (hallways, nurses station, smartphones) at LOWCOST
    • Color coded red, yellow, and green indicating patient fall status
    • Visual and audio cues of Bed, Chair, Toilet (BCT) exit activity
    • Real-time analytics focusing staff attention where it is needed most

Nearly 1/3 of seniors living in their own home or home of adult children caregivers suffer from a serious fall at least once each year, many who never completely recover from the injury (Cleveland Clinic, 2016). New technologies are changing the way of healthcare delivery and management as it is becoming more complex and demanding. Each of these low-cost fall products optimizes family member/residents safety. Many, of which, are covered in the Medicare/telehealth bill. It is giving hope to the quality of life of seniors. For more information visit www.PredictiveHealthDevices.com.

 

 

Angela Pritts, RN BSN
Clinical Specialist 

Medical Nurse Training, Inc.

& Predictive Health Devices, Inc.

 

Experts for Quality, Fall Prevention and Protection, Risk Management, Training, Marketing and Distribution

 

Pat Devaney

President and CEO

Medical Nurse Training and Distribution Inc.

And Subsidiary, Predictive Health Devices Inc.

800-674-3476

www.PredictiveHealthDevices.com

 

Please read on for more important Falls Related Information and Checklists to help with decreasing/eliminating Falls Related Events.

 

  • ALWAYS CALL NURSE BEFORE GETTING UP (CALL BUTTON)
  • WEAR PROPER FOOTWEAR
  • FAMILY/FRIENDS: PLEASE ASK STAFF BEFORE MOVING PATIENT

Falls are Common

• One out of three older people falls each year, but less than half talk to their doctors about it.
• Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury and death.
• Over 2.5 million older adults are injured from falls and treated in emergency departments and more than 700,000 are hospitalized.
• A person’s chance of falling was four times greater in the two weeks after being discharged from the hospital.

Falls Related Problems

• Hip fractures are a leading cause of injury, disability and death among older people. Almost 95% of hip fractures result from a fall on the hip and are the most common type of fall-related injury.
• Of people who sustain a fall-related hip fracture, more than 24% die within a year of the fall, and 50% never return to their normal level of activity.
• Over 25,000 older adults die from unintentional fall injuries.

Falls and Injury
The Challenge:

Falls Precautions
Many things can increase the risk of a fall in the elderly. These include, but are not limited to:

• Poor vision and hearing.
• Medical conditions such as memory loss, diabetes, not enough vitamin D, loss of blood supply to the brain, etc.
• Challenges with walking.
• Individuals over the age of 65.
• Side effects of medications.
• Poor nutrition and not eating enough.
• Lack of proper exercise and physical activities, which can lead to decreased balance and muscle strength.
• Constant need to toilet.

Safety hazards around the house can also increase the chances of a fall.
These include:

• Wet floors.
• Poor lighting.
• Poorly fitted footwear.
• Clutter in walkways and halls.
• Loose carpets, throw rugs and any common household items that could
cause you to slip, trip or stumble (e.g., cords, furniture, rugs, etc.).

There are a variety of things older adults can do to stay healthy and prevent falls, including the following:

• Exercise regularly. Exercise increases strength and improves balance and coordination.
• Have a doctor or pharmacist look at all medications that are being taken – even over-the-counter medicines. Some medicines can cause sleepiness or dizziness.
• Take medications as ordered by the doctor in the right amounts and at the right times, and refill medicines before they run out.
• Have an eye doctor check vision at least once a year. Poor vision can increase the risk of falling.
• Make sure to tell the doctor if there has been a fall, and provide details as to the cause of the fall.
• Use any walking aids that are recommended or provided, including walkers and canes.
• Maintain a healthy diet and ensure the body is getting sufficient nutrition and supplements, including dietary calcium and vitamin D.

Safeguarding your Health

Prevention:
Many studies also show that simple modifications in or around the house
can safeguard the home, and help prevent falls and injuries related to falls.
Following are some helpful tips:

• Use nightlights, and ensure all walkways and rooms are well lit.
• Remove any throw rugs or unsafe furniture, and ensure there are no loose tiles or carpet that can cause a trip hazard.
• Arrange furniture so walkways are clear of clutter.
• Clean up any spills immediately.
• Add grab bars inside and outside the bathtub/shower and next to the toilet.
• Place non-slip matting on the floor of the bathtub or shower.
• Add handrails to both sides of the stairway.
• Keep emergency numbers in large print near each phone.
• Store commonly used items at waist level for easy access.
• Put a phone near the floor in case of a fall in which the resident/family member cannot get up.
• Think about using an alarm device that will call for help in the event a resident/family member falls and cannot get up.

Safeguarding the Home

The following helpful aids can help reduce fall risks and fall-related injuries.

• Fall alarms – Send an audible signal that a resident/family member is getting up without help and may be at risk for a fall.
• Slippers/Socks with non-skid soles – Ideal for home care, hospitals, and nursing. Slippers help reduce the risk of falling.
• Hip protectors – Feature high-impact-absorbing pads that help protect hip bones, reducing the impact of a fall and lowering the likelihood of a hip fracture.
• Floor cushions – Provide padded coverage around the bed to reduce impact in the event of a fall by the bed.
• Protective caps – Feature absorbing, soft foam pads built into everyday hats to help protect against a head injury from a fall.
• Gait belts – Offer a secure hold for resident/family members who are assisting and transferring their loved ones to help prevent falls and related injuries.

To learn more about various interventions and tools to help prevent falls and injuries, please visit www.PredictiveHealthdevices.com

Prevention and Protection Aids

Bedroom
1. Mattress sensor pad
2. Floor cushion
3. Slippers/socks with non-skid soles
Living room
1. Floor cushion
2. Chair sensor pad
Bathroom
1. Toilet sensor pad
2. Sure-step cushioned bath mat

Lighting – Ensure there are lights in each room and that each room’s lighting is sufficient.

o  Are all lights working properly?
o  Is there enough light in the room?
o  Are there light switches at entrances to rooms?

Flooring – Check the floor in each room.

o  Have all rugs, runners and floor mats been evaluated for slipping?
o  Are all electrical cords placed away from walking, standing and rising    areas?
o  Has clutter been removed from walking areas, such as hallways and steps?

Stairs/Steps – Make sure that stairs and steps are free from clutter and are safe.

o  Are the stairs and steps free from any items (bags, shoes, etc.)?
o  Are there handrails on both sides of stairs?
o   Is their enough lighting on the stairway/steps?

Kitchen
o  Are frequently used articles within easy reach?
o   Is the floor free from any loose items or spills?
o   Is there a step stool readily available (if needed)?

Falls Prevention Checklist

Home Safety:

Living room
o  Are frequently used articles within easy reach?
o  Are furniture edges secured where needed, or is rubber matting used to prevent slipping?
o   Is the furniture positioned so there are no obstacles in the walkway?
Bedroom
o  Are frequently used articles within easy reach?
o   Is the bedroom light near the bed within easy reach?
o   Is the bedroom furniture positioned so there is an open path to the bed?
Bathroom
o  Are there grab bars near toilets, in tubs, and in showers?
o  Are there nonskid mats in tubs and showers?
o   Is there a plastic seat for the shower or tub (if needed) and does the shower have a hand-held nozzle for bathing while seated (if needed)

 

Falls are a serious problem today.  Taking the necessary steps to make sure that you are safe and secure while helping to prevent falls and fall related injuries at home. Predictive Health Devices, Inc. understands the need to protect individuals around the home from falls and fall-related injuries. We offer a variety of effective solutions that help protect against injuries from a fall and also help relieve the anxiety associated with falling.

 

To view our complete line of Fall Management Products and solutions, visit our website at www.PredictiveHealthDevices.com or call for a consultation on hundreds of fall mitigation options.

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LATEST 2019 TECHNOLOGIES FOR SENIOR SAFETY AND PROTECTION

Fall and injury prevention continues to be a considerable challenge among all seniors. Falls are a life-threatening concern for older adults aged 60 years and above. A fall can significantly reduce one’s quality of life and ability to remain their independence. According to the Center for Disease Control (2017), 3 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries each year and over 800,000 patients will be hospitalized due to head and hip injuries. As a caregiver or healthcare professional, it is our duty to ensure that safety is the utmost priority. From 2007 to 2016 the fall death rate in the United States has increased 30% (CDC, 2017).

Falls are not an inevitable part of aging and there are proven ways to reduce falls. The risk factors that can be managed include medication side effects, environmental hazards, and muscle weakness. Ensure medications are not causing side effects such as lightheadedness, sedation, visual impairments, or orthostatic hypotension that increases one’s risk for falls. Environmental hazards that can be reduced include, but are not limited to, clutter removal, securing loose rugs, cleaning spilled liquids and foods, using non-slip mats in the shower, wearing properly fitting, non-skid shoes, and having adequate lighting. Additionally, one of the most important modifiable risk factors is staying physically active. Those seniors who are afraid of moving are more likely to experience a fall. Physical activity prevents muscle atrophy, improves balance, flexibility, and motor coordination (Mayo Clinic, 2017).

For over 25 years, Predictive Health Devices Inc. has been involved in the emerging healthcare area of proactive and predictive healthcare. Our team is dedicated to reducing negative medical outcomes in healthcare facilities and at home. Our mission is to ensure the best solutions available using the most predictive, proactive, game-changing technologies and the integration of artificial intelligence following years of research. We have consulted with most top hospitals and healthcare organizations to provide fall prevention monitoring and advice on numerous valuable technologies to improve patient safety and risk. This approach has saved thousands of facilities, and the senior community, billions of dollars in unnecessary risk and patient safety. It is estimated the total medical costs for falls totaled more than $50 billion dollars last year (CDC, 2017).

The latest technologies are going to be invaluable to seniors and their families. Some of the devices include wearable/inflatable hip protectors, unique watch-like wearable, wireless fall and exit alarms, and wireless caregivers. These products aide improvement in self-care and provide ongoing guidance outside of a professional encounter. Each with a tracking platform that continuously collects patient data with abilities to transmit clinically valid objective data back to healthcare professionals and caregivers. The real-time fall protection devices allow for timely notifications of important indicators of concern regarding a patient’s status. By enabling individuals with the latest health technology, they can live a healthier, safer and more active life.

Our Predictive Health Devices include:

  • Hip HopeReal-time fall protection wearable device

https://www.predictivehealthdevices.com/research/#hipHope

  • Multi-sensor smart wearable belt, detects impending falls, deployable airbags
  • Maximum functionality, reliability, comfort, and ease of use by seniors
  • Continuously logs user motion activity to review patterns and implement interventions to maximize quality of care
  • Reports fall to caregiver with GPS location; providing a sense of security

 

  • Trazer – Most advanced rehabilitation technology

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nN-hO4AkUwQ

  • Numerous senior citizen fall protocols developed at Cleveland Clinic; comports with CDC STEADI protocol
  • Designed to improve physical performance, enhance safety, and assist in rehabilitation of injury in a fun, interactive way
  • Objectively quantifies senior progression and outcomes and thereby increasing the viability of assessment

 

  • Helo – Advanced life-changing wrist wearable monitoring system

https://www.predictivehealthdevices.com/research/#HELOWelness

  • Measures Blood sugar, BP, heart rate, oxygen, temperature, EKG, Respirations, sleep quality and much more
  • Tracks and charts gathered data; Enables user-set biometric panic levels
  • With user approval, shares data with up to 20 others (parents, children, physicians, coaches, etc.)

 

  • Care-Coach – Patient support ecosystem

https://www.predictivehealthdevices.com/research/#careCoatch

  • Low cost certified wireless caregiver/avatar
  • Provides interface protocols to directly impact patient anxiety, mitigate delirium, provide companionship, and much more
  • Proven to significantly reduce falls through alerts to caregivers either remotely or in-house
  • CareLine Inc. – 50-year-old, Veteran-owned, American manufacturer

https://www.predictivehealthdevices.com/research/

  • High-quality products that increase patient satisfaction, aide staff efficiency, and reduce costs
  • Manufacture and source the best possible products and fall prevention kits at the best possible prices, across the country and around the world

 

  • Triple Aim – Medicare driven, chronic care services

https://www.predictivehealthdevices.com/research/

  • Primary care offices including telehealth and reimbursement services for systems and physician

 

  • LinQ Fall Prevention Alarm – Intelligent exit alert monitor https://www.predictivehealthdevices.com/research/#alarms
    • Silent wireless alarm system with monitoring at a central location (hallways, nurses station, smartphones) at LOWCOST
    • Color coded red, yellow, and green indicating patient fall status
    • Visual and audio cues of Bed, Chair, Toilet (BCT) exit activity
    • Real-time analytics focusing staff attention where it is needed most

 

Nearly 1/3 of seniors living in their own home or home of adult children caregivers suffer from a serious fall at least once each year, many who never completely recover from the injury (Cleveland Clinic, 2016). New technologies are changing the way of healthcare delivery and management as it is becoming more complex and demanding. Each of these low-cost fall products optimizes family member/residents safety. Many, of which, are covered in the Medicare/telehealth bill. It is giving hope to the quality of life of seniors. For more information visit www.PredictiveHealthDevices.com.

 

 

 

 

Overview of Partner Descriptions

We would love to visit and share a comprehensive thumb drive for you of the fantastic Power Points from the National Falls Conference last month in Philadelphia. This was a super meeting and many new technologies and ideas where discussed and shared by numerous speakers and attendees that we would love to pass along so that your team can benefit.

Since retiring from the Posey Company our team of clinical specialists and I have been researching the most advanced new devices that will be game changers in healthcare. To this purpose we have formed Predictive Health Devices as a vehicle to share these amazing new technologies and protocols. A brief description would include:

  • Unique Watch Like Wearable – Clinical Grade Monitors that measure BP, Heart Rate, Blood Sugar, Oxygen, Temperature, EKG, Alcohol, Breath Rate, Sleep Quality and much more in a panic button showing exact GPS location. Includes Fall Prevention/Detection with accelerometer and gyroscope. This device allows remote monitoring of theindividual and out of ideal ranges, measurements as remote alerts that caregivers can immediately respond to, as changes in patient, resident and home bound patients need for care.
  • Care.Coach – Patient Support Ecosystem – Easy to implement system providing a certified wireless caregiver in form of an avatar to routinely interface with patients/residents to perfect continuity of care. Studies have shown significant reductions in falls and valuable alerts to caregivers either remotely or in house. Provides additional interface protocols to directly impact patient anxiety, cognitive issues delirium and much more
  • Hip-Hope – Real Time Fall Protection System -integrates advanced technologies in the fields of electronics, software, algorithmic, pneumatics, air bag technology and wearable device (fanny pack/belt) design, aimed at ensuring maximum functionality, reliability, comfort and ease of use that results in a high level of acceptance by senior users.The system continuously logs user motion activity for review, allowing for a pattern evaluation and intervention options to maximize quality of care . System reports falls to thecare team with GPS location.

Please call or email for your team’s personal review of fall conference materials and Predictive Health Devices Experts for Quality, Fall Prevention and Protection, Risk Management, Training, Marketing and Distribution

Subject; Fall Prevention and Fall Protection coupled with Bed Safety and Restraint Reduction in 2018. The New Technology AI Approach

Author; Patrick Devaney, BA Psychology

President and Founder, Medical Nurse Training, Inc.  And Predictive Health Devices

New devices address the need for proactive and predictive devices that will continuously monitor individuals at risk for falls (motion pictures vs. a snapshot of patient status)

Patrick has been a consultant / trainer to numerous Health Care facilities, Corporations and LTCDON Associations.  Most recently as Executive Director of a state Director of Nurses Association Long Term Care.  He has trained thousands of LTC and Critical Care facilities as a speaker on FDA, OSHA, CMS Joint Commission guidelines, fall prevention, bed safety and restraint alternatives in one and three hour accredited speaking engagements.  His programs have been nationally accredited by the ANA for over 12 years with excellent results.

In recent years it has been very difficult to find reliable evidence based programs for fall prevention and fall protection. I have a personal reason for my involvement in this matter since my mother passed away as a direct result of a hip fracture. This event was totally preventable utilizing the techniques implemented by some forward thinking facilities like Johns Hopkins.

Facilities have been struggling with the appropriate modalities to reduce the incidence of falls and reduce restraint use at the same time. In order to find the ultimate solution requires a mix of assessment tools and up to date devices to achieve the highest reduction in fall risk. Additionally bed safety and reductions in side rail entrapment have been serious concerns especially for older beds. I also believe, as does CMS, that one of the best answers is too provide a train the trainer approach to hospital and long term care on fall prevention, fall protection, bed safety and restraint reduction. Fall Prevention Programs work particularly well in this format since fall prevention in nursing often requires significant falls training and retraining.

 

The programs are recorded with a live audience to increase the learning and retention experience. Valuable technologies including Fall Alarms, Posey Beds, Hip Protectors, Fall Mats, Self-Releasing Devices and Restraint Alternatives are demonstrated and discussed. Reducing the impact of the new Medicare changes of October 2008 are reviewed in detail. These accredited on line training programs include all the patient/resident safety regulatory recommendations and device suggestions. Numerous tools including the new Johns Hopkins restraint, falls policies and protocols, as required by the new CMS and 2009 Joint Commission recommendations. I have reviewed numerous programs and I am confident this is the most state of the art program available. Attendees report this is the best program they have ever attended for staff and nursing training.

Many regulatory guidelines are often overlooked due to lack of information from the regulating agencies.  I have had the opportunity to work with and train numerous surveyors. There has often been some inconsistency between surveyors on the guidelines. The training I have done with the surveyors has reduced some of these inconsistencies. We have included much of the lessons learned in the On Line and DVD programs in a train the trainer, video and PowerPoint format.  This will certainly help to minimize negative surveys in Long Term and Acute Care settings. Please call us for your free analysis of our free consulting services for your team/

Please go to www.PredictiveHealthDevices.com to review the newest devices and trends in Fall Prevention and Predictive approached to Fall Protection and Prevention

Pat Devaney
President and CEO
Medical Nurse Training and Distribution Inc.
And Subsidiary, Predictive Health Devices Inc.
Cell: (800) 674-3476
Info@PredictiveHealthDevices.com
Predictive Health Devices.com (available December)

Proven Fall Prevention Products; that save lives and reduce injury from falls for Seniors and those at risk for falls

 

Author: Pat Devaney

Date 5/2/218

Many doctors and nurses have requested during our training programs, “where can we obtain this valuable fall protection equipment for friends, family members and patients at a reasonable price.” Finally that has been accomplished to reduce slip and fall injuries at home and in assisted living environments. Additonally, SaferFalls provides education to reduce the potential for these devastating falls.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that over 60% of fatal falls occur in the home. Additionally the total cost of falls in 2010 is expected to be between 68 and 100 Billion Dollars. More than 25,000 older adults died due to falls last year. Katharine Graham, former Washington Post Chairman died as a result of a fall. Most of this cost and loss of life is completely preventable through new fall prevention, fall protection products and safer falls education. Many of these medically significant events include hip fracture, head injury, fear of falling again, broken vertebrae and broken wrist.

 

Over 44 million baby boomers live at home with an elderly sick parent according to The Caring Alliance. Another 25 million at risk elderly live alone and unprotected from devastating falls. The current economic conditions have exacerbated these numbers. Since life expectancy has continued to increase this situation is likely to become even more prevalent. The faller may need to move in with adult children and adult children often have to take time off work to care for at risk parents. The costs emotionally and physically to the person who falls and their families is enormous.

 

Much of this information is virtually unknown to the general public. Annually there are approximately 370,000 hip fractures. Head injuries from falls at home are another significant medical cost. Falls are the major cause of 40% of nursing home admissions and subsequent costs to families. Per year, of those admitted to a hospital only about

50 % will survive a serious fall. Falls are the leading cause of accidental death and more than 33% of adults 65 and older fall each year. Reductions in healthcare costs is a current concern of all in the government and the effect of falls are major cost factor.

 

Anyone who is above the age of 55 or has a relative, who is at risk for falls, is confused or agitated, has Alzheimer’s, or presents departure/elopement risk at home will be very interested in this new material. This information will be invaluable to seniors and their families. To see fall prevention training and fall protection devices for home, concerned individuals and families may go directly to www.SaferFalls.com for senior fall prevention.

 

Some of these devices include Hip Protectors, Fall and Exit Alarms, high impact Fall and Floor Cushions, Fall and Lift Furniture, Bed Safety Guards, Personal Pagers, high impact Bath Mats, Fall Management Socks and Shower Slippers.

 

Hip Protectors – High Impact – absorbing pads that help protect hip bones against injury from falls. About 320,000 people suffer a hip fracture every year.  These pads are built into brief’s, panties, sweat pants and sweat shorts. They can easily be laundered and re-used numerous times to help protect from falls. The use of these devices has been clinically proven to reduce injury. Many individuals that experience a fall are afraid to continue normal activities like walking. These devices help these people resume a normal life. Hip Fracture is one of the number one causes of death in older individuals. Our experience shows that hip protectors are generally not known by the general public

 

Hip-Hope –Advanced air bags for the hips (review on product page

 

Fall Alarms – Inexpensive bed and chair exit electronic monitors otherwise known as Fall Alarms, assist with the observation of patients and family members to help reduce falls and the potential for elopement from home or a facility. A variety of sensor accessories may be used including toileting sensors, bed/chair sensors, infrared sensors and self releasing sensors may be attached to the monitor to reduce risk. These alarms include a gentle voice reminder not to get up without assistance. Many of these devices are unknown to the general public. Pendants to call caregivers when help is needed are also very useful.

 

Floor Cushions and Bath Mats – Certain areas of the home are very high risk for injury from falls like the bathroom. Special floor cushions and bath mats are designed to help reduce the impact from a fall and are frequently talked about in the clinical literature. These floor cushions are tri-fold in design, making them convenient to carry to areas requiring the most immediate protection. Bathrooms are also very high risk zones. The sure step bath mat can be used to significantly reduce the impact of a fall. The mat is impervious to water and bacterial growth and can be custom cut to fit the contours of any bathroom or floor.

 

Please go to www.PredictiveHealthDevices.com  to receive more information and education on these important fall prevention and fall protection products.

 

 

 

 

 

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