Falls are exceptionally common in older individuals, who may have decreased vision or mobility problems. The troubling increase in the recurrence of hip fractures in older adults led to the development of different techniques of prevention, including physical exercise, medications, supplements, and multiple other methods to reduce the danger of falling.
Hip fractures, especially in people over the age of 65, can cause serious health problems and decreased the quality of life. For the extremely frail, older adults, complete recovery can be exceptionally hard and can result in long-term loss of independence, nursing-home placement, and even death. In fact, a 2012 study by the Journal of American Geriatrics Society suggests that “Mortality in the first year after hip fracture is as high as 37%. Of those who survive the first year, 40% will be unable to walk independently, and 60% will require assistance with daily living activities.”
This is one the reason why the use of hip protectors has been widely adopted in institutional settings because various reviews suggested that older people living in institutional care who wore protectors had significantly less incidence of hip fractures. Plum’s® ProtectaHip® hip protectors are widely used to reduce the risk of hip fractures in many healthcare facilities.
While opting for a hip protector it may be useful to think about which sort of protector will suit the individual best as they differ in the materials they are made with, as well as the fitting. It is important for caregivers to note that the effectiveness of hip protectors is often influenced by the consistency with which they are worn and can be effective in preventing hip fractures when worn at the time of a fall. Many hip protectors are too uncomfortable to be worn consistently. Plum’s® ProtectaHip® hip protectors are the original, award-winning hip protector with the longest, best and unmatched record for safety effectiveness, comfort for compliance and durability for dependable protection.
Plum’s® ProtectaHip® hip protectors come in a variety of styles and sizes for men and women to meet each individual’s needs and preferences.