Care homes demand mobility aid improvements

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With over 4 million mobility aid users in the UK, it’s been estimated that the current market value in this sector exceeds well over the £500 million mark.

As the average age of the population is increasing, the resident impairment rates in care homes rise also. Mobility disabilities are regarded as the most common, and one of the most expensive to overcome.

There is a considerable overlap in the need for care and support among residents in all care and nursing homes, as it’s been estimated that there’ll be an influx of approximately 75,000 care residents by 2025.

Because of the large number of residents expected, care home providers are currently prioritising those with disabilities, who require more attention to be given, in order to find a more long-term solution. Campaigns, such as the Light Bulb Project in Leicestershire, have highlighted the need to further support the physically impaired by providing resources to allow for residents to reside in comfort by themselves. Although care home providers recognise the benefits of applying more support, based on the current market, there is difficulty in carrying out such tasks.

In order to reduce the risk of falls and injury to care residents, it’s vital that equipment is serviced and regulated carefully. However, it’s been reported that each year hundreds of residents are injured through the use of faulty equipment, as well as from falling due to a lack of safety features

The Industry Report of Dementia Care & Nursing Homes, as a result of the surprisingly high number of injuries that have occurred, aimed to identify the primary issues and how to avoid them in the future. Our feedback found that 88% of 523 care home owners and decision makers believe that significant improvements could, and should, be made on mobility aid equipment.

The general consensus from our respondents found that if more mobility aid providers improved their products, in terms of safety and performance, it would allow them to invest in their products. With a 47% rate of mobility equipment problems, in care homes around the UK, 72% of our care home decision makers claimed that they would consider upgrading their mobility aids, given there is a clear indication of better quality safety features and are offered them at competitive prices.

Nowadays, there are more gadgets and mobility aids coming into the market - but there are several key items that can make a real difference to those needing care. Getting around care homes with a mobility issue can be exhausting and dangerous, which is why mobility aids need to be kept at a high standard, in order to avoid any risk of injury.


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