The Center For Disease Control, the CDC, has recently unveiled the findings of a study than may shock many people working in the home health care industry. The study estimated that nearly forty-seven thousand elderly Americans are injured in accidents each year, which involve the use of a mobility aid.
Almost 87% of these falls occurred in people using walkers, while 13% involved the use of a cane. The CDC has urged caregivers, and people working in the home care industry to educated themselves, as well as their clients, on the topic of mobility aid safety precautions. There are a few simple guidelines that can help home care workers help keep their clients safe.
Maintaining a clear walking path through the home is one of the most important things that can be done to help keep mobility impaired people safe. Caregivers should always make sure that walking paths are clear of clutter, and electrical cords which may cause a fall. Keeping the room well lit will also help protect people using mobility aids.
Caregivers should also check the mobility aid for any cracks, or damage, which may create a fall hazard. Many walkers have a certain weight capacity, ensuring that the user meets these requirements will help keep them safe. Some walkers have folding pieces, which allow for easy storage, but can provide a fall hazard if they are not correctly locked in place. A walker should never be used to climb stairs, or escalators, so a caregiver should try to find ways around these obstacles.
For home care clients who use canes, it is always recommended that they use the cane on their strongest side, as that side will be supporting most of their weight. When ascending stairs on a cane a person should lead with their strong leg, while descending they should lead with the weaker leg. Make sure that adjustable canes are set to the correct height, to help further protect clients.
Educating both caregivers, and clients in the proper safety precautions can help significantly reduce the number of falling accidents suffered by those who have impaired mobility.