The truth is that nighttime falls can happen for a variety of reasons, and whilst some factors like bedroom safety can be addressed, others are more complex. From trip hazards to the impact of certain medications, many factors can impact the frequency and severity of falls, here are some of the main factors:
- Balance problems and muscle weakness
- Osteoporosis – More than 3 million people in the UK have osteoporosis and they are at much greater risk of fragility fractures.
- Poor vision
- A long-term health condition, such as heart disease, dementia or low blood pressure (hypotension)
- Side effects caused by certain medications including painkillers.
Unfortunately, when discussing a fall in the elderly, there is so much more to consider than just the fall itself. A fall can lead to a variety of complications including:
- Long hospital stays
- Loss of independence
- Loss of confidence
An increased likelihood that another fall will occur having a Bide device with you at home will decrease the likelihood of you or your loved ones having a fall and thus you are able to avoid some of these life-changing complications.