Fall Prevention Innovation – A Look at Step2Rest

Posted on October 12, 2015

Step2Rest, The Latest in Fall Prevention Innovation

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A couple of weeks ago, I got a call from Vince Baiera, RN. He wanted to talk about a new product that he had invented that would prevent falls in seniors. I was intrigued. When someone wants to talk Fall Prevention, I am all ears!

In the senior care industry, falls are a perpetual concern and if anyone has a product that can prevent falls, well then, I want to know all about it.

Consider these statistics:

• Over 13.3 million people 65 years and older will fall this year.
• Falls among older adults are a common occurrence that contributes to hospital utilization.
• Falls account for over 60% of all nonfatal-injury emergency department visits in the 65-and-older population. This group is three times more likely to be hospitalized due to fall-related injury than younger persons.
• Fall risk is highest during the first two weeks after discharge from the hospital, as compared to three months later.
• Older adults with diabetes have a higher rate of falling than the general population.
• Seniors with diabetes are twice as likely to break a hip when they fall, and a fracture is 12 times more likely for those with Type 1 diabetes.
• According to the National Safety Council (NSC), more than 30,000 older Americans are injured in falls each week.
• Of all nursing home admissions, 40% are related to falls.

-Source: Philips Lifeline’s ‘Facts on Falls’ Flyer

What Vince presented is a clever and possibly, life-saving apparatus for those with limited mobility to be able to get in and out of bed safely. The apparatus is called Step2Rest. It is a a simple and sturdily designed step with hand rails that can be set up at the edge of a bed that may be just a little to high for safety. By using the small step and the handrails to turn around and sit on a higher bed, you eliminate possible misses and falls due to lack of strength or poor balance. When a bed becomes to high to get in and out of safely, the typical suggestion is to rent or purchase a hospital bed. This is  not always a welcome suggestion as the hospital bed has many negative associations. Many seniors will put off the safety aspect of a hospital bed or a lowered bed for too long.

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Vince came up with the idea after experience with his own back pain and thinking about the challenges that we all have as we get older, especially with getting in an out of bed.  His first design looks nothing like today’s Step2Rest,  but it did have a similar concept, offering a perpendicular rail, a step and a mattress top wedge. Over the last 1.5 years he has continued to remodel the Step2Rest, making improvements along the way. The products biggest value is the step and rail so the improvement focus has been on making the step wider, deeper and sturdier.  While the whole device can be adjusted for proper height, the step is stationary. While the Step2Rest may not be suitable for everyone. It is more palatable fall prevention device when seniors are still fairly mobile with good cognition. Vince is confident that this product will change the way seniors get in and out of bed, increasing safety and the potential to prevent thousands of hospitalizations and even deaths caused by falls.

I thank him for taking the time to show it to me, and I look forward to recommending it to the clients of Constant Companions Home Care.

For more information please feel free to contact Vince Baiera R.N., BSN at 330-418-0113 or vince.baiera@gmail.com.

For product information and video please visit www.Step2Rest.com

 

Submitted by Gabriela Brown, CSA

Constant Companions Home Care

888.883.8393

www.constantcompanions.net

 

Live-In Care & Overnight Care Services

Posted on October 5, 2015

Live-In Care and Overnight Care Services are available through Constant Companions, when a loved one needs continuous care and/or supervision.

This is a preferred option of many clients and their families, when the care or supervision required each day exceeds 10 hours.

There may be certain events that precipitate the need for  Overnight or Live-In services:

  • Increase in Fall Risk
  • Decline in Strength
  • Decline in Cognitive Abilities
  • Increased Incontinence
  • Increase in Anxiety
  • Worsening of Alzheimer’s/Dementia Symptoms – confusion, disorientation, sundowning
  • New Diagnosis or Significant Change in Condition

About Live-In Care

Constant Companions is able to provide skilled and experience live-in caregivers that are able to stay with your loved one for consecutive days at a time. They are usually paired up with another caregiver to cover an entire week.  Typical schedules are 4-5 days/week for Cargiver A and 2-3 days/week for Caregiver B. We do not recommend retaining only one caregiver for 7 days a week. All caregivers and clients need a break from each other, and the caregiver needs time to reconnect with their family/personal life.
There is some misunderstanding regarding the use of Live-In Caregivers. Live-in care is a specialty service and there are some guidelines to consider before electing this type of care. We have prepared an information guide for you to read through: What You Can Expect from A Live-In Caregiver.

About Overnight Care

An alternative to Live-In Care is Overnight Care. This option can be used if your loved one is relatively alert and able during the day, possibly receiving visits and help from family members and friends.  Nighttime presents dangers for many seniors due to an increased risk of falling, wandering, anxiety, etc. The Overnight Care option is generally used to have someone present if assistance is needed throughout the night. This allows family and friends to rest and be ready to care for their loved one during the day.

Constant Companions will provide a free assessment of needs and provide you with a fully vetted caregiver of your liking. In addition, we will continuously monitor the care provided and offer guidance and solutions to scenarios and conditions that may present themselves along the way.

Our Live-In and Overnight caregivers will be there to provide supervision, companionship and all personal care services including:

  • Bathing/Dressing Assistance
  • Grooming Assistance
  • Toileting/Incontinence Care
  • Bedridden Care
  • Medication Supervision
  • Exercise/Mobility Assistance
  • Meal Preparation
  • Nutritional Support
  • Light Housekeeping
  • Medical Appointments
  • Errands

Please contact us today to discuss your current needs. We look forward to discussing all of the options with you.