Because falls are so prevalent among the elderly and can be so dangerous, there are a number of products on the market to help prevent falls. Some products to consider for your loved ones include:
Door Alarms: If you have a loved one who tends to wander, particularly at night, door alarms can help alert you or a caregiver that your loved one is moving about and may be at risk of falling.
Monitoring Systems: Monitoring systems are becoming popular as a means of tracking an elderly individual’s movements throughout the home. Sensors can be placed throughout the home to monitor movements and some even come with call functions for the senior to alert a caregiver in the event of a fall.
Fall Management Socks and Slippers: These special items are available with rubber grips on the bottom to help prevent slips and are perfect for patients who are high-risk for falls. There are even slip resistant socks that can be worn in the shower!
Bedrails: Many falls occur during the night as older adults move in their sleep or get up during the night. Bedrails can keep loved ones from falling out of bed and give them something to grip when standing to get out of bed.
At AAging Better, we help many families navigate the local resources to either obtain some of these items for themselves or their loved ones. And we can help locate sources for installing certain safety systems mentioned above. These are just a few of the many things we do to assist individuals or families in keeping themselves or their loved ones at home safely and effectively.
For more information on products that can help keep your loved ones safe at home or for any other questions about getting in-home care started, contact us at 208-777-0308 in the Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls or 208.263.7889 in Sandpoint or 208.784.1505 in Kellogg, Idaho.