Prepare for falls with a medical alarm system

Alan Wu

October 14, 2010

A recent seminar hosted at the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Care New England focused on falling, with faculty taking the time to train senior citizens in the proper ways to prevent an injury at home, according to The Warwick Beacon. 

Mary Carpenter, a physical therapy assistant, helped by testing senior citizens for balance and coordination. She gently pushed them and evaluated their recovery time, waiting with her arms open in case something went wrong. 

This was the first step in screening senior citizens for fall risk. Others included going over the safety measures of making a home age-friendly by installing night lights, grab bars, and other items.

The VNA of Care New England is currently developing a program meant to help prevent the risk of falls. Carpenter told the news source that seniors who complete the screening are at much less of a risk for home injury. 

The VNA estimates that one in three older adults falls each year. Those who wish to age safely and independently may want to consider setting up a medical alarm system in their home, because this can act as a personal emergency response device which will allow seniors who fall to contact paramedics so that they can receive assistance immediately.