Throughout the winter months, icy conditions seem to spark an increase in conversations regarding slip and fall prevention, reminding people about how dangerous a fall can be. No matter where falls occur, the outcome is typically more serious for the elderly and can easily result in a life-changing event.
There are many great tips that can be found regarding fall prevention but the reality is that in spite of all these precautions, falls still occur. Considering this, the conversation needs to broaden to include not just fall prevention, but injury prevention.
The statistics regarding senior citizen falls are staggering. According to the National Council on Aging, every 15 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 29 minutes, an older adult dies as a result of a fall. Falls are the number one cause of fatal injuries amongst our elderly.
So, what is the difference between fall prevention and fall-injury prevention?
The difference is SmartCells. We understand that it’s not a matter of just preventing falls but rather, when the fall happens, how do we prevent the risk of serious injury and all the other ripple effects from such injuries. That is why we have created SmartCells cushioning technology. The unique SmartCells structure provides users with a stable standing and walking surface that will not impair balance, while at the same time providing significant cushioning if a fall does occur.
Research indicates a substantial reduction in fall-related injuries such as fractures, contusions, and skin tears when using SmartCells cushioning solutions.
Available in pre-sized or custom area mats, and complete wall-to-wall applications, our cushioned flooring solutions take the guesswork out of fall protection. SmartCells give you peace of mind knowing your loved one is safe, while enabling them to age with dignity and independence by reducing the risk and fear of a serious fall injury.
In addition, SmartCells does not absorb liquids which virtually eliminates any infection control risk.
SmartCells Fall Protection flooring solutions can be used as a standalone system or a cushioned subfloor under sheet vinyl or carpet tiles, providing many design options for any living space.
Falls happen. Injuries don’t have to. SmartCells will be there for your patient or loved one when you can’t be.