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Mobility Aids To Ensure That The Elderly Stay Safe At Home
Fall prevention is a big issue in all senses: between a third and a half of people over the age of 65 suffer a fall in any given year, and although many are minor, about a quarter result in physical injury that requires medical attention, including broken bones – most commonly hip fractures. The NHS spends some £1.7 billion on treating hip fractures alone. Slips and trips are the most common sort of accident in the home; and the risk of falling is one of the major factors in assessing a person’s ability to continue living independently in their own home.

There are some very simple precautions you can take to help prevent a fall. Various studies have shown that exercise can improve strength and balance, having a significant effect in reducing the likelihood of falling. However it is not always easy to get out for long walks especially in winter time. Fortunately there is a device called a pedal exercise that allows you to sit at home in your usual chair and slip your feet into two pedals and pedal away, keeping you fit. This pedal exerciser can also be placed on a table and used with your hands to increase upper body strength.

Correctly fitting footwear is essential to avoid any trips and slips, so please do not get to attached to the old tatty slippers that are really comfy but also a common cause of falls. The cosyfeet range of footwear are now very popular especially as they fit extra wide feet and come in stretchable fabric making them easy to put on and comfortable. It is also advisable to look around your house with a fresh set of eyes looking for potential trip hazards such as loose rugs, raised carpet edges, wires and leads and try, where possible, to remove them.

There have been huge improvements in the mobility industry over the last three years. Not only has the price been reduced in many items such as scooter, 5 years ago a mid range home scooter cost £1500 now they start from £799, but also the design of products have improved with brighter colours and more choice. In this day and age one can easily live quite happily at home even with reduced mobility. Starlifts allow you to still use your upstairs, electric rise and recline chairs let you sit comfortably and help you up if needed. However a simple well positioned grab rail can make a vast difference. The key thing is to speak to your local mobility dealer who can advise you on what will best suit your needs. It maybe that you need a bath stool costing £27 instead of a bath lift costing £100’s. It is important to buy local where you should get the knowledge and support needed to make sure you end up with the correct product.

When buying mobility products please make sure that the company is a member of the BHTA (British Healthcare Trades Association) as they will abide by a ‘code of practice’ ensuring that you get the best service. Also please be aware of the VAT rules as on some items you may be eligible to have the VAT deducted. However this only applies if you are chronically sick or disabled, for more information please visit our web site www.collinscare.co.uk or call the shop on 01603 483 883 for a free catalogue.

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