You never know when a fall related accident is going to occur, and fall recoveries/lift assists are some of the most frequent calls first responders and EMS workers receive. On average, one out of every three adults over the age of 65 fall each year. Falls account for 25% of all hospital admissions and 40% of all nursing home admissions according to a Harvard study.
The good news is that there are several characteristics that have been identified that increases the chance of a senior adult falling including: medical conditions (neuropathy, eyesight, changes in the way you walk due to knee and ankle problems, etc.), strength and balance, and home environment pertaining to clutter, pets, rugs and many other household issues. Philips Lifeline reports that 90% of falls do not result in an injury and can still have a detrimental impact on the health and well being of an individual. 30-50% of older adults reported that the fear of another fall reduces confidence and self-imposed restrictions of activities therefore increasing the risk of another fall. In the event of an emergency, you must act quickly in order to provide care to your loved one in a timely manner.
How Can I Prepare For a Potential Fall?
If your loved one is inclined to suffer a fall, it is wise to be proactive and look into obtaining a cell phone or a personal emergency response system (PERS). If a person wants to resort to relying on a cell phone, an individual will have to understand that they need to carry or have the phone clipped on to them at all times. A large majority of people fall at night when they get up to go to the restroom, leaving the phone by their bedside and not having it when they need it the most.
Another example is when an individual is carrying the phone and they trip, it is common for a person to drop the phone because they are trying to catch themselves. It is also important that the individual have the numbers already programmed, and then hope that someone answers when they call. With a PERS an individual wears a button around his/her neck or wrist and when they fall, they are able to press the button sending the signal to a 24-hour response center that has all of their information on file (name, age, medications taken, hospital preference, as well as family and friends contact information). The call center will immediately make contact with the individual on the floor and between the two, they will decide on what action is to be taken, whether it is calling EMS or calling a family or friend to come and perform a lift assist. The only disadvantage to using a PERS system is that there is a monthly charge involved whether services were taken advantage of or not.
What Should I Do When EMS or an Ambulance Arrives?
Once family members or EMS arrives at the household of a fallen individual and it has been determined that no no serious injuries are involved, it is beneficial for individuals to have a Smart Lift Vest available to use in the lift assist process. Using the Smart Lift Vest will help alleviate skin tears, bruises, and dislocations. Not only does the vest protect the individual who has fallen, it also protects and reduces the chance of the lifter sustaining a back injury. Unlike other lift systems on the market today, the Smart Lift technology uses a horizontal pulling technique as opposed to a vertical lift technique. This method decreases the chance of a back injury or strains to a person who is lifting as well as increases the lifters leverage and strength. The handles located on the vest allow the lifter a mechanical advantage that helps control the lift and transfer of a patient to their target location whether it be to a chair, bed, wheelchair or couch.
The Smart Lift Vest is portable and is easy to use, easy to clean, and easy to store for caregivers and caretakers. For more information about the Smart Lift Vest and our story, visit our website atwww.smartliftvest.com or give us a call at (800) 528-5201.