Falling is a major health issue amongst the elderly in our community, with around 30 per cent of adults aged 65 and over experiencing at least one fall per year.
The impact on people’s health and safety is substantial, with falls the most common cause of injury-related deaths and hospitalisation in Australia. According to a 2019 report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the rate of head injuries from falls by older Australians has nearly doubled over the past decade. By 2051, the cost of falls to our economy is expected to rise to around $1.4 billion.
Fall prevention with the latest equipment
Preventative measures – in particular, the prescription of equipment and assistive technology – plays a major role in decreasing falls in our residential aged care facilities and the home environment.
Independent living solutions provider, Mobility Caring, supplies clients, carers and aged care homes with high quality equipment that helps prevent falls in everyday life.
The Australian-owned company offers a range of innovative products that help people feel confident to do everyday things, while minimising the risk of falling. Many of these solutions are designed with functionality and ergonomics in mind, so they are comfortable as well as reliable in preventing falls.
The range includes:
- Fall prevention alarms – wireless floor sensor mats are able to detect pressure such as a foot step or fall, and quickly alert staff through the facility’s nurse call system. The wireless system also removes tripping hazards from the room.
- Floor level beds – adjustable beds can be lowered near the floor to prevent fall injuries, with minimum heights from the floor just 10cm. They are designed to blend in with a homey environment, and feature standard positions such as Trendelenburg and cardiac positioning.
- Walking aids – lightweight walking frames and rollators come with lockable handbrakes for added stability, with bariatric models available to suit everyone. They can also be folded for easy transportation and storage, enabling people to get out in the community without fear of falling.
- Bathroom aids – grab rails, shower chairs, over toilet aids and shower commodes enable people to care for themselves in safety. MobilityCaring has solutions to suit every circumstance, so clients and residents are able to find the solution that best fits their needs.
Mobility Caring is a registered NDIS and aged care provider, so home care clients can use their NDIS or home care package to get equipment that helps them stay mobile and get out into the community.
The company price matches on its equipment to offer the best deal, which helps people make their government funding go much further. This doesn’t impact on quality: each product is carefully selected from reputable brands that come highly recommended by health professionals. Occupational therapists and experienced customer service staff are readily available to help clients select the equipment that best suits their needs. Servicing by experienced technicians is also available, giving clients peace of mind and keeping them mobile for longer.
MobilityCaring also has equipment available for rent, with each item thoroughly cleaned and sanitised to follow COVID-19 safety measures with no additional charges. This is a handy option for those who only need mobility equipment for a temporary condition, or who want to try a product before committing to a purchase.
As we continue to innovate the ways we keep people safe, equipment has a significant role to play: providing bespoke solutions that lower the risk of falls without compromising everyday activity.
For more information or to purchase or hire equipment from Mobility Caring online, please visit mobilitycaring.com.au. Shipping is free, Australia-wide, for orders over $399.