Simple technology helping older people after falls

Simple technology helping older people after falls

Simple technology that helps gently lift older people after a fall is reducing paramedic call outs and hospital stays for older people living in our extra care accommodation.

Mangar cushions are specially designed to support people into a safe lifting position after a fall so that they can then be gently lifted by trained staff.

The cushions have been introduced into a number of its sheltered and extra care accommodation in a bid to increase the reduction of times that they need to call on paramedics after a fall at one of its facilities.

Stats show that Salford has the second highest rate of hospital admissions caused by falls in the country, with 11,667 falls each year. The figure is substantially higher than the national average and the highest in Greater Manchester.

One in three adults over the age of 65 living in Salford will fall each year. The NHS spends £15m annually on fall-related injuries with a further £2bn on hip fractures.

Mangar cushions are specially designed to support people into a safe lifting position after a fall so that they can then be gently lifted by trained staff.

After struggling with falls, cuts, bruises and numerous stays in hospital while living in her previous home, Mrs Smith* moved into Bourke Gardens extra care scheme in Walkden in January 2017.

She lives with Parkinson’s disease and is prone to falls as a result. Since moving in to her new home, Mrs Smith now has the support of trained staff who use the Mangar cushion to gently lift her from the floor into a safe position.

The use of this technology has prevented a number of ambulance call outs and subsequent hospital stays for Mrs Smith. Prior to moving to the extra care scheme, Mrs Smith would be admitted routinely to hospital after a fall, often for several weeks.

Mrs Smith said: “I feel that moving into Bourke Gardens has meant I can live my life again without fear of falling when walking around my home and the scheme. The support of the staff has helped me feel more independent and confident about life. The Mangar cushion has meant that when I do have a fall, I can be safely helped up, and don’t need to go to hospital. I used to be admitted to hospital a lot which was stressful, so moving here has taken a weight off my mind and my family.”

Mrs Taylor*, a resident at Amblecote Gardens extra care scheme in Little Hulton has also benefited from the Mangar cushion on a number of occasions. Mrs Taylor often has falls but gets anxious about hospital appointments and going to the doctors.

The Mangar cushion has meant that she has avoided the stress and upset of unnecessary paramedic call outs and hospital admissions.

Mrs Taylor now attends the postural stability sessions on offer at Amblecote Gardens, and is happy to talk to staff and other customers about her health and her concerns - something she never used to do previously.

Mrs Taylor’s daughter said: “It’s great to see mum feeling more positive and talking about the future more. I can see that she looks forward to our visits more from her grandchildren, as she used to worry a lot about tripping or falling when the little ones came to see her. Now she can enjoy time with her family more.”

Over the last 12 months the Mangar cushion has been used 66 times, delivering an estimated saving of over £16,800 on paramedic visits.

*Not their real names