Fall prevention is a factor that’s not taken lightly at Premiere Healthcare. We aim to provide comprehensive guides and products to ensure our clients are comfortable and safe. In addition to specialist seating, there are many other factors that must contribute to the right environment for a patient. We know that falls are common and can cause unnecessary suffering to both the patient and carer. This article offers a guide on what to look out for and how to prevent a fall.
Who is most at risk?
There can be a range of factors that increase a person’s risk of falling. Such accidents can put a huge strain on the patient and increase treatment costs. Those most at risk include; elderly relatives, patients with mobility issues, people with medication side effects and illnesses such as Alzheimer’s and Huntingdon’s. With the right seating and support, the patient’s risk of fall prevention can reduce dramatically.
What can cause a fall?
Effects of illness, medication, previous falls, environmental hazards and the wrong seating are all factors which could contribute to a fall. It is important to look at all areas to reduce the risk and make the patient comfortable and safe in their home.
Effective fall prevention methods
- Use non-slipping mats
- Ask for help with jobs you can’t do safely
- Take care of your feet and wear well-fitting shoes
- Have a sight test to check your vision
- Review your medication annually with your GP
What can your carer do to help?
There are many ways to prevent a fall. Strength and balance exercise whenever possible can help keep the muscles and ligaments strong and improve a person’s mobility. Simply surveying the environment for potential trip hazards and removing them can help.
What can Premiere Healthcare do?
Falls can be preventable with the right plan in place. We can arrange a thorough seating assessment for the patient to evaluate the most suitable choice which will offer reassurance. The patient’s quality of life will become improved and carers can feel supported by the knowledge that their patient is secure and safe.