Healthcare professionals often recommend VitalCALL after patients experience a fall, or health incident. VitalCALL offers your patients reassurance and assistance should any health incident occur at home.
Slips and falls in the home are hazardous for anyone, but they can be life-threatening for older people. Around 100,000 Australians over the age of 65 are admitted to hospitals as a result of falls. Of those injured, 74% suffered hip-fractures, however it was also reported that 22% suffered from head injuries .¹
Falls represent the most common and serious type of accident among older people, and many of these injuries are directly attributed to poor sight. In a recent study, Professor Stephen Lord found that as many as 45% of research participants who were multiple fallers had poor eyesight.²
· A simple way to help people cope with the risk of falls-related injuries at home is to use VitalCALL Pearl Standard or Pearl Advanced Pendant. VitalCALL enables people who have been injured, fallen, or become ill in their own homes to call for help by simply pressing the button. The Pearl Advanced Pendant offers extra protection where it may pick up a significant fall and subsequent impact. While every effort is made to capture a range of falls that may occur, sometimes people will fall in a manner that will not automatically detect that a fall has occurred. For example, if you slide off a chair, brace yourself on furniture during a fall etc. That is why it is important to press the button on your pendant in this situation. Please ensure this is understood by your family members.
We recommend that elderly patients speak to their local doctor or therapist about preventing falls at home. Here you'll find valuable information to help them stay safe:
- NSW Falls Prevention
- QLD Health – Stay on your feet
- Victorian Government – Aged Care in Victoria
- Falls SA
- Aged Care Australia
1 Trends in hospitalisations due to falls by older people, Australia 2002–03 to 2012–13; ISSN: 2205-510X (PDF) 1444 3791 (Print)
2 http://www.visibility.org.uk/what-we-do/research/#Falls Help the Aged; Visual risk factors for falls in older people, Professor Stephen Lord
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