MobileHelp® Provides Consumers with Tips for Fall Prevention
June, 29, 2016
BOCA RATON, Fla. — June 20, 2016 – As part of the National Safety Council’s Safety Awareness Month, the week of June 20th focuses on increasing awareness around falls and fall prevention. In support of that initiative, MobileHelp, a leader in mobile medical alert and personal health management technology, has released an infographic to provide consumers with tips on how to make homes and outdoor spaces safer.
“We have always worked to provide people with the capability to get help quickly in the event of a fall – which happens roughly every 7 seconds,” said Rob Flippo, CEO of MobileHelp. “But the bigger goal is to take the issue further upstream – we want to help prevent fall emergencies from happening in the first place. We support the National Safety Council’s efforts to raise awareness around the issue of fall prevention.”
Released today, the informative piece focuses on providing easy modifications that can be incorporated into living spaces to reduce the risk of injuries from falls, with tips from the National Safety Council, as well as Mayo Clinic and the National Council on Aging (NCOA). Information includes such critical aspects as what areas of the home represent the greatest risk and how to ensure risks are mitigated as much as possible. The ten suggestions for fall prevention include:
1. Remove tripping hazards such as books and papers, shoes, and boxes from stairs and hallways, and secure rugs.
2. Install grab-bars in the bathroom, both around the toilet and in the shower.
3. Keep frequently used items within easy reach, so you don’t have to climb or strain for them.
4. Make sure that both inside and outside the home has adequate lighting so you can see your path while walking.
5. Check and repair any damages to walkways or steps regularly.
6. Wear sensible shoes with nonskid soles and a proper fit.
7. Poor vision is a major factor in falls. Get an eye exam at least once a year to keep prescriptions current and eyes functioning their best.
8. Consider adding extra personal security by using a medical alert device to access emergency help at any time.
9. Medication errors are one of the main catalysts for falls. Keep an updated medication list, as
well as all current labels attached to the bottle. Make sure to take the instructed dose, and talk to the pharmacist about any questions.
10. Stay active! Even gentle exercise can increase strength and balance, helping to reduce the risk of falls.
Headquartered in the Research Park at Florida Atlantic University, MobileHelp® is a leading provider of mobile Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) and health management technology. MobileHelp’s PERS devices are integrated with nationwide wireless voice, data and GPS technology to provide real-time medical alert monitoring services and expedited personal emergency assistance. In addition, MobileHelp offers proactive health management services such as activity tracking, medication reminders and a telehealth platform, MobileVitals, for both consumers and healthcare providers. For more information about MobileHelp, please call 1-800-989-9863 or visit the website at www.MobileHelp.com.