Assistive Technology: Protect Your Loved Ones from Fall Risks
Falls can occur in people of any age, but older people are more vulnerable, especially if they have a long term health condition.
Around 1 in 3 adults over 65, and two thirds of them fall again within six months, indicating that the risk of falling increases with age. The number of falls and injuries in this age range will rise as our population ages. Falls are a common, but often overlooked, cause of injury.
Most falls do not result in serious injury. But there’s always a risk that a fall could lead to broken bones, and it can cause the person to lose confidence, become withdrawn, and feel as if they have lost their independence. Assistive technology can provide support and reassurance to older persons and their families, to reduce their risk of falls, and provide them with immediate assistance if a fall occurs.
What Causes A Fall?
Older people are more likely to have a fall because they may have:
- Poor balance and strength
- Taking multiple medications that can cause dizziness or drowsiness
- Vision problems
- Foot pain or disorders, such as arthritis
- A long-term health condition, such as heart disease, diabetes or low blood pressure can cause dizziness
Home safety measures are important for reducing the risk of a fall for older adults. Some things that can be done to make a home safer include:
- Installing grab bars in the bathroom and around the toilet
- Making sure there are no obstacles on stairs or walkways
- Placing nonslip mats in the shower and bathtub
- Ensuring good lighting throughout the home
How To Prevent A Fall
Falls are the leading cause of accidental death or injury in the elderly, so it is important to take steps to prevent them. Here are some tips on how to help protect yourself and your loved ones from a fall:
1. Exercise regularly: Regular physical activity can help improve balance, strength, endurance and flexibility.
2. Wear sensible shoes: Wear shoes with good support and a non-slip sole. Avoid going barefoot or wearing slippers as they can be slippery.
3. Install handrails: Consider installing handrails in hallways and staircases to help steady your balance when walking.
4. Remove clutter: Remove any obstacles from pathways that could contribute to a fall. This includes furniture, cords, rugs and toys.
5. Use assistive devices: A cane, walker or other assistive device can help provide extra balance and stability when walking
6. Stay hydrated: Dehydration can cause dizziness, which could lead to a fall. Make sure to drink plenty of fluids throughout
Technology to Help Those at Risk of Falling
Isaac Fall Alarm
The Isaac Fall Alarm is a smart, easy to use, personal alarm which offers reassurance that your loved one can instantly access help whenever they need it. Isaac Care offers two packages with their fall alarm, Circle of Care Supported and 24/7 Call Centre Supported
The key benefits of the Isaac Fall Alarm includes:
- Easy to use: The Fall Alarm’s straightforward design is easy to use for all, especially for those with little to no technological knowledge.
- Mobile: The fall alarm works both in the home and when out and about.
- GPS Location: Location of fall alerts is instantly shared with relevant people through the Isaac Care app
- Two-way communication: In the event of a fall the user can speak to their emergency contacts or our dedicated team directly through the device itself.
- Isaac Care App: The seamless integration with the Isaac care app allows the entire family to be notified of any fall/event, keeping everyone up to date.
- No Set Up/Installation Required: The fall alarm is pre-configured so it is ready to use straight out of the box.
- No landline needed: The alarm has a built-in sim card, meaning there is no need for a landline connection.
- Battery: Long battery life with voice prompts to alert you to low battery levels
The Isaac fall alarm is connected to our free family caring app, Isaac Care. The app is designed around “circles of care” which are groups of people involved in the persons’ care. Each circle of care is kept up to date with instant in app notifications.
The app sends out an instant notification of any SOS alert to the relevant circle of care, while the alarm itself initiates a phone call to the designated emergency contact.
Get in Touch
Our dedicated team are on hand to assist you in any way. Contact us on (042) 936 8391 or fill in your details in the contact form and one of our team will be in touch.