According to a study published in PLoS ONE titled “Incidence and Prediction of Falls in Dementia: A Prospective Study in Older People,” individuals with dementia experience falls nearly 8 times more often than those of full cognition. These falls often result in injury, fractures, and even death.
At Azura Memory Care we make every effort to prevent our residents from experiencing falls. From the moment they come through our doors, we use specialized assessments to determine fall risk and utilize physical therapy interventions to safeguard their mobility. In addition, we use other tools to assist in reducing the possibility of falls and are always looking for ways to help our residents maintain their mobility and independence.
One device recommended by the World Health Organization and that we have found to be quite helpful in reducing hip fractures are Hip Protectors, which look similar to compression shorts and are worn over a person’s underwear or incontinent product. Typically bulky, we have found an alternative offering through Impactactive Hip Protectors who offer a lightweight, washable product that has an internal soft, thin flexible shield that is positioned strategically over the trochanter or area where the femur and hip bone connect. Through the use of their SoftShield Technology™ this pliable covering is designed to instantly harden and absorb the force of impact in the event of a fall; reducing the risk of a hip fracture.
Many of our residents at Azura Memory Care have already begun using these new protective garments and 100% of participants have been hip fracture free!! Each Hip Protector is ordered to the exact size of the individual and costs $90, plus shipping and handling. If you would like to learn more about Azura MOSAIC Cutting-Edge Therapy: Hip Protectors please speak to your local Executive Director or go to www.impactactivewear.com.
Our goal at Azura Memory Care is to transform the culture of memory care and allow our residents to live, not just exist. As a result, we do not use physical restraints, and we work with the physicians to reduce medications when appropriate; therefore, our residents are alert and active in their life!
* Allan LM, Ballard CG, Rowan EN, Kenny RA. Incidence and Prediction of Falls in Dementia: A Prospective Study in Older People. Baune B, ed. PLoS ONE. 2009;4(5):e5521. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0005521.