Posted on October 12, 2015
Step2Rest, The Latest in Fall Prevention Innovation
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For product information and video please visit www.Step2Rest.com
Submitted by Gabriela Brown, CSA
Constant Companions Home Care