Safeguarding Seniors: A Comprehensive Approach to Falls Prevention

As we age, maintaining a focus on falls prevention becomes increasingly crucial for ensuring the well-being of seniors. At Baldwin Living, where the commitment to the welfare of residents extends across both retirement villages and home care services, we recognise the significance of addressing the leading cause of injury among the elderly in Australia – falls.

Recent data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reveals the alarming statistics: falls account for 43% of injury hospitalisations and 42% of injury deaths in the country. For those aged 65 and above, the risk is even more pronounced, with 2,600 out of 100,000 males and 3,800 out of 100,000 females experiencing fall-related injuries in 2021–22.

Understanding the causes of falls is crucial for effective prevention. Contributing factors often include depleting eyesight and hearing, a decline in physical fitness and health, as well as environmental and behavioural hazards. Recognising these risks, we have curated a set of preventative procedures aimed at safeguarding our residents:

  • Tailored Exercise Programs: Participation in exercise programs specifically designed to enhance strength, balance, and mobility can significantly reduce the risk of falls. Baldwin Living collaborates with allied health services to provide comprehensive exercise services for our residents.
  • Innovative Wearable Technology: Embracing cutting-edge solutions, we recommend the use of personal airbag jackets or vests. These wearable airbags, highlighted in a feature by My Modern Met, are designed to prevent or minimise injury in the event of a fall.
  • Safety Infrastructure: Our retirement villages are equipped with safety infrastructure to create environments that minimise the risk of falls. From well-maintained pathways free of trip hazards to strategically placed handrails, we prioritise the safety of our residents.

In the unfortunate event of a fall, we have post-fall procedures in place, including the use of emergency call system handsets, pendants, and wristwatches.

We are also strong advocates for more the adoption of more advanced technologies, such as the smart wearable revolution. These devices are smart watches (think Apple Watches) with fall detection sensors that trigger emergency calls or alerts, ensuring prompt assistance. TechRadar’s list of the best medical alert smartwatches in 2024 highlights the advancements in this field.

At Baldwin Living, we are committed to proactive falls prevention measures, fostering an environment where residents can age gracefully and securely. By combining tailored exercise programs, innovative technology, and safety infrastructure, we aim to mitigate the risk of falls and promote the well-being of our cherished residents.

How can we further integrate innovative technology like smart wearable devices into falls prevention strategies for seniors, ensuring both effectiveness and accessibility across various living arrangements?


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