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Fall Prevention in The Elderly – How to Prevent & React to Falls

Falls in The Elderly – How to Prevent Falls & React To Falls as Quickly as Possible

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Automatic Fall Detectors: Fall Prevention in The Elderly

These devices will automatically detect a fall, as well as having manual SOS buttons which can be pressed if the wearer has an emergency situation at any time.

Fall Alarm For Elderly

Instant phone call alerts when they fall around their home or garden. Peace of mind for you and your family that help will be on it’s way as quickly as possible. Fully waterproof with a 2+ year battery life.

  • Automatically Detects Falls ✓
  • Wrist or Neck-Worn ✓
  • Instant Call Alerts When They Fall ✓
  • Calls up to 10 Emergency Contacts ✓
  • 100% Waterproof + Shockproof ✓
  • 2 Year Battery Life ✓
  • SOS Alarm Button ✓
  • Works Outside of Home ×

£299.95

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gps tracking watch dementia

A fall detecting watch w/ GPS tracking, 2-way calling and an SOS button that can send out instant alerts. Advanced features include auto-answering incoming calls and schedules for when you’re available.

  • Automatically Detects Falls ✓
  • Wrist-Worn ✓
  • SOS Alarm Button ✓
  • Water-Resistant ✓
  • Calls or Emails up to 10 Emergency Contacts ✓
  • 2-Way Communication ✓
  • 5-7 Day Battery Life (Average) ✓
  • Alerts When They Leave / Enter an Area ✓
  • Works Outside of Home (Anywhere in Europe) ✓

£329.95

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SOS Button Fall Alarms: Fall Prevention in The Elderly

These devices are ideal for those you feel would still be able to raise the alarm manually after having a fall. They won’t automatically detect a fall, but instead have an SOS button which can be manually triggered in an emergency situation (Like a fall). 

Instant alerts via phone when they press the alarm, anywhere around their home or garden. Peace of mind for you and your family that help will be on it’s way as quickly as possible. Comfortably worn around the wrist or neck (pendant)

  • Wrist or Neck-Worn ✓
  • SOS Alarm Button ✓
  • Call Alerts When Alarm Triggered ✓
  • Calls up to 10 Emergency Contacts ✓
  • 100% Waterproof + Shockproof✓
  • 2 Year Battery Life ✓
  • Automatically Detects Falls ×
  • Works Outside of Home / Garden ×

£249.95

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Personal Alarm for the Elderly GPS Tracker For Kids

A portable SOS alarm which can be used at home or out and about in the event of a fall, that will also tell you the location of the user on a smartphone app. Long-lasting battery, free tracking app & no contract.

  • Key-Ring or Neck-Worn ✓
  • SOS Alarm Button ✓
  • Water-Resistant ✓
  • App SOS Notifications  ✓
  • 1-3 Day Battery Life (Average) ✓
  • Works Outside of Home (Anywhere in Europe, USA & China) ✓
  • Alerts When They Leave/Enter an Area ✓
  • 2-Way Communication ×
  • Automatically Detects Falls ×

£139.95

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kids phone watch

This watch has an SOS button for emergencies like falls, which calls and sends a notification when pressed. Also see where they are, where they’ve been and know when they leave a ‘safe zone’ using GPS. Call them or they can call you at any time.

  • Wrist-Worn ✓
  • SOS Alarm Button ✓
  • Water-Resistant ✓
  • Call & App SOS Notifications ✓
  • 1-2 Day Battery Life (Average) ✓
  • Works Outside of Home (Anywhere in Europe) ✓
  • Alerts When They Leave/Enter an Area✓
  • 2-Way Communication ✓
  • Automatically Detects Falls ×

£109.95

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Fall Prevention Products: Fall Prevention in The Elderly

The ultimate aim should be to prevent from falls happening in the first place, particularly amongst the elderly. These products can help reduce the risk of falls by doing everything from reducing minimising dangerous movements to helping remember medication. 

medication reminder alarm for the elderly

With most causes of falls being preventable, this reminder clock offers a simple but effective way to help them remember important daily tasks. Give them structure and reassurance with 20+ reminders for regular activities like medication, eating and drinking + More

  • 20+ Reminders (Visual & Spoken)
    (e.g. Take Medication, Drink Water) ✓
  • Time of Day Clock w/ 4 Modes ✓
    (e.g. ‘Tuesday Morning’) ✓
  • Add Personalised Reminders ✓
  • Structure, Reassurance & Less Confusion ✓
  • Adjustable Stand or Wall-Mountable ✓
  • Back-lit Screen (Day & Night Modes) ✓
  • Innovation Product of the Year 2017 ✓

£64.95

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motion sensor night light

As mentioned below, trip hazards and poor lighting are some of the most common causes of falls. This battery operated motion sensor has a bright LED light, Ideal for preventing falls when getting up in the night + much more. There’s a discount if you purchase multiple.

  • Ideal For Preventing Falls, Especially Amongst Elderly ✓
  • 9 x Bright LED Lights ✓
  • Activated When Darkness + Movement Detected ✓
  • Wall Mountable ✓
  • FREE Adhesive Sticky Tabs ✓
  • Adjustable To Any Angle – Swivel 360° ✓
  • Battery Powered – Long Lasting ✓
  • Discount If More Than 1 Purchased ✓
  • 1 Year Guarantee ✓

£9.95

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Falls are commonly caused by ‘the stranger in the mirror‘, when those with dementia don’t recognise their reflection and it startles them. This memory box makes a great replacement for mirrors and gives a talking point for family / carers. In can also help people find their room in a care home.

  • Avoid Startling From Reflection ✓
  • Fill With Memorable Objects ✓
  • Trigger Brain Activity (Senses) ✓
  • Support Meaningful Conversations ✓
  • Learn New Things About Individual ✓
  • Great For Replacing Mirrors ✓
  • Easily Wall Mountable ✓
  • Variety of Sizes & Finishes ✓
  • Perspex Sliding Front (Concealed) ✓
  • Manufactured in the UK ✓

£31.66

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Falls in The Elderly: The Current Situation

With our global population ageing at a growing rate, falls in the elderly are becoming more and more common

• Over 1 in 3 of people aged 65 and over 1 in 2 people aged 80+ will have a fall this year

• The injuries sustained when elderly people have a fall can be life-threatening, like a broken hip

• The time it takes to react to a fall is crucial to helping reduce the impact on their health

Reducing the risk of falls will help fall prevention and make falls much less likely


What Causes Falls in the Elderly?

Falls in the elderly are caused by many things; below are some of the most common… 

Medication
As many older people are on medication, taking either the wrong dosage or even completely the wrong medicine can cause falls in the elderly

Surroundings
The environment around an elderly person can be directly linked to falls, from poorly positioned rugs and furniture to dim lighting and slippery floors.

Balance & Strength
As our body ages it makes it more difficult to quickly react to falls. Having good balance and physical strength will help reduce the risk of having a nasty fall.

Wandering
Some people that suffer from dementia can become confused and attempt to leave where they are, often in distress. This can increase the chances of an elderly person having a fall.

Hydration
We’ve all heard our body is 70% water, but keeping hydrated is crucial to prevent a series of other health problems, especially falls amongst the elderly.

Clothing
Loose-fitting clothing is easy to get caught up in, something as simple as getting tangled in some baggy pyjamas could be enough to cause an elderly person to fall


Fall Prevention in The Elderly

 8 Ways To Reduce The Risk of Elderly Falls Today 

Eyesight

Something as simple as not seeing obstacles before it’s too late may seem like an obvious way to prevent falls, but many people neglect this area. Ensure your elderly loved one has regular eye tests (many opticians offer them free), then make sure the correct eye-wear is worn at the correct times. My father’s varifocals help him see both close things (though the bottom of the lens) and distant things through the top.

Footwear That Fits

If the thing between your body and the floor is your footwear, then it makes sense to ensure they’re giving you maximum stability and balance. Loose footwear or backless slippers are easy to come off and trip over, grab a pair of slipper socks with a grippy bottom and ditch the slippers. Safe shoes have strong ankle support, don’t come easily undone (Velcro is good for this) and are easy to get on and off with restricted mobility.

Keeping Bones Healthy

Broken bones are the most common injury sustained from falls, with a broken hip having potentially devastating consequences. It’s impossible to prevent all falls, so having strong bones when they happen will massively help avoid breaking them and further injury.

A healthy balanced diet will reduce the risk of fractures from falls, being underweight or having a lower appetite from medication can be a common cause. Calcium or vitamin D supplements can be a great way to get the nutrients needed for healthier bones.

Watch Them Around The Home
Home is where the heart is and often where elderly people spend most of their time, but it can also be full of fall risks. Watch how your elderly loved one moves around their home and work out if there’s anything which should be moved or got rid of all together. If they’re constantly reaching for something, make it easier to access. Trailing cables, mats, rugs, and furniture can all be easily tripped over, so move them out the way.

See The Light
Dim lighting and struggling to see where they’re going seems obvious, but many older people are reluctant to have lights on and increase electricity bills. Simple products which light up as they walk to the toilet at night or to get a drink can make a huge amount of difference (and they don’t need to turn any lights on!).

Drink Plenty of Water
There’s many to ensure your loved ones are drinking enough. The recommended 2l (05 gal.) can seem like a lot, especially if you’re elderly, but products which remind those with poor memory to have a drink can help, as well as bottles which measure the amount of water that’s been drunk in a day. Tea and coffee (with no sugar!) are a good alternative if they’re not a fan of plain old H2O.

Correct Medication in The Correct Doses
I was recently chatting to an occupational therapist about fall prevention. She said many people have been on the same medication or dosage for years and it’s no longer right for them. This can greatly increase the risk of falls as the body isn’t reacting the way it should do to the meds. Make sure the person falling sees their doctor at least every 6 months to assess their medication and dosages, ensuring it’s still right for them.

Exercise & Balance Improvements
We all know exercise is good for us, but it can be much harder as we get older to be motivated to do it. Having better balance and strength will reduce the risk of falling when a slip or trip occurs. Activites like tai chi are a great way for older people to get active (it’s huge for seniors in Asia). If you don’t fancy convincing mum or dad to try martial arts, basic chair workouts like the one below are an ideal alternative.

(hopefully your elderly loved one enjoys it more than this guy looks like he is!)


Fall Prevention in The Elderly

Preventing Falls For Dementia Patients

Falls can be a particularly dangerous risk for those living with dementia. From wandering to not recognising their reflection, there’s a number of areas which can increase the risk of falling amongst the elderly.

Stop Wandering Fast
Wandering is a common side-effect of dementia and causes people to walk about, often in a confused state. It goes without saying that the more someone is on their feet in new terrain, the more likely they are to fall (particularly if they’re distressed).

GPS Trackers offer a great way to easily locate someone when they go wandering. To be alerted when they’ve left a safe area (like their home), look for devices with ‘SafeZone Alerts’ on our Best GPS Tracker Guide.

Replace Mirrors

Dementia can make people believe they’re younger than they actually are, therefore being confused when they see their reflection. Dubbed ‘stranger in the mirror’, this can cause elderly people to be startled and lead to a fall, particularly if they’ve just switched on the light.

Removing mirrors from around the home and replacing them with memory boxes is a great way to prevent falls whilst enriching the home with memorable and meaningful objects. 

Keep Them Occupied & Calm

Music therapy has been proven to have strong cognitive and therapeutic effects on the brain, calming and soothing their anxiety. A calm and happy person with dementia is less likely to get up and leave, reducing the risks that they’ll fall. This Simple Music Player is designed to be easy enough for dementia patients to enjoy their favourite sounds with ease.

Give Structure & Predictability

Not understanding what’s going on or where you are would be stressful for any of us, so it’s especially bad for people with dementia. Lowering anxiety by ensuring they know what’s happening each day and giving structure to their routine will make them less likely to be on the move and fall.

Clocks which inform them of the time of the day or reminder devices which give prompts of things like ‘your family are visiting today’ and a fantastic way to do this.


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