Most people that have been a caregiver have had a loved one or client that has been a fall risk. That alone is concerning…however, when they are a fall AND do not think they are, it is a recipe for disaster! We have seen this dynamic frequently in clients living with Parkinson’s disease…their mind still has them at full speed yet their brain has them otherwise. They get up too fast, become unstable and a fall becomes imminent.
Night is another risky time for falls. This can be aggravated by the likelihood of being woozy or semi asleep when getting up. We had just such a situation the other day and I reached out to an Occupational Therapist (OT) friend about how we might help the family keep their loved one safe. He came back with a genius solution on Amazon Smart Caregiver® Light Outlet with Cordless Grey Floor Mat and Cordless Alarm
Technology continues to evolve with new devices to keep people safe. If you have a challenge, reach out to an OT and get expert advice….you can go it alone, but their knowledge of good devices accurate and placement is worth it’s weight in gold. That being said, sometimes being simple is the best solution. In the case of our client, due to a variety of factors, a small bell attached to a walker did the trick just fine!
Stay safe and keep on caring!