Medical Alert Bracelets and Proactive Injury Prevention for Seniors Living at Home

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Medical alert bracelets and other forms of proactive injury prevention for seniors who are still living at home are vital to ensure their safety. According to this article, Seniors and Aging–Preventing Falls in and around Your Home  “Every year, one in three Canadian seniors will fall at least once. Hip fractures are the most common type of fall injury among seniors.” Statics are similar in the United States according to NIH Senior Health along with fractures to various bones.  Being proactive about injury prevention in the home can reduce the number of falls and increase the safety of seniors.

Medical Alert Bracelet

A medical alert bracelet, pendant or keychain are three options offered by SafetyLabs as proactive injury prevention.  If a senior were to trip, slip or fall he or she can easily press the button on any of these Safety Labs devices to alert a family member, a neighbor or 911. This Safety Lab video provides a detailed explanation of the devices and the benefits for the elderly.  Safety for Seniors

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Installing Railings

Ensuring that there are railings installed in areas where there is the potential for a senior to fall is an excellent proactive method to reduce harm and injury.  Railings along any steps inside or outside will allow them the opportunity to hold on if they trip or slip while going up or down their stairs.  If railings are not already present, consider placing them along stairs leading to a basement, front and back entrances, porches, decks, and stairs leading to a second story and attic.

Handrails can be installed in the bathroom for use in either the shower or bathtub. These will allow the senior to steady themselves while entering or exiting.  Keeping Your Home Safe is a checklist provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada. It highlights areas inside and outside the home which should be examined to ensure that it is safe for all family members.  

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Mobility Devices: Walkers, Canes and Wheelchairs

A variety of mobility devices are available to assist a senior in their safety.  If a senior has a walker, a cane or a wheelchair which they have been recommended by a physician to use in their home then they should in order to be safe from injury and falls.  Keeping Safe with Safety Aids is an article about mobility devices which can be beneficial to seniors.  Maintaining the mobility device and prevention of wear and tear is equally important just as this Baltimore Sun article recommends.

Proactive Safety

To ensure that a senior can remain living in their home as long as possible, some proactive measures to ensure their safety will be necessary. This blog post highlighted just a few steps which can be taken to aid a senior in maintaining their independence as well as their safety. Being proactive is key to the prevention of injury. Having a medical alert bracelet, pendant or keychain along with some of the above mentioned proactive measures will encourage safety for seniors in their own homes.

References:

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/life-vie/fp-pc-eng.php

http://nihseniorhealth.gov/falls/aboutfalls/01.html

http://safetylabs.org/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVKFVOlMaxE

http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/seniors-aines/publications/public/injury-blessure/safelive-securite/chap4-eng.php

http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/seniors-aines/publications/public/injury-blessure/safelive-securite/chap7-eng.php

http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2013-05-30/health/bs-hs-expert-brad-barnhart-20130530_1_cane-medical-devices-wheelchair

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