Category Archives: Falls and Mobility

Monitoring Devices – Falls and Wandering

Is the person you care for negotiating the stairs or get in and out of a chair or bed unassisted when it’s no longer safe to do so? Or are they leaving home and getting  confused as to their surroundings or worse yet, … Continue reading

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Mishaps with Hospital Beds

My husband was recently in the hospital for a fractured hip and underwent a hip replacement. Rehab was not easy for him and getting in and out of bed was challenging to say the least. But the partial upper side … Continue reading

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4 Simple Design Tips to Help Reduce Falls

Did you know that persons with dementia fall up to 3 times more often than individuals without cognitive impairments? In addition to age-related vision and mobility changes, dementia brings its own unique set of challenges that increase fall risk. Sometimes … Continue reading

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Convert a First Floor Room to a Bedroom

At some point, climbing the stairs to the bedroom on the second floor will become too difficult for your loved one. And using the stairs increases fall risk, especially in the mid to later stages. If you want to help the person  continue to live … Continue reading

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Do Dark Floor Mats Cause Problems?

Due to dementia-related changes in the brain, some loved ones may perceive dark areas on the floor as either a hole or a step. Caregivers have told me about a loved one jumping or attempting to “step” over a a … Continue reading

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Perceptual Challenges & Flooring Patterns

Dementia significantly changes how a person interacts with their living space, especially flooring. Although each person will respond differently, perceptual changes heighten fall risk when persons with dementia walk on patterned flooring. Consider these following examples: Living room patterned carpet. … Continue reading

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Can Lift-Up Chairs Help Persons with Dementia?

During mid-stage Alzheimer’s, my mother, Arlene, began having great difficulty getting up from a chair, especially a comfy lounge chair. So I would try to help her, but it wasn’t easy. I had never been trained to help a person … Continue reading

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