Drop Support is beneficial for anyone who suffer’s from falls, steaming from either a medical condition or physical condition. Drop Support can be used In-Home by family members or caregivers, as well as, medical practitioners in institutions that offer assisted living or physical therapy.
According to the Epilepsy Foundation, it is estimated that 3.4 million people in the United States suffer from epilepsy. During a seizure, a person experiences abnormal behavior, symptoms, and sensations, sometimes including loss of consciousness, which can lead to drop attacks.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5 million American’s are living with Alzheimer’s Disease. Additionally, according to Fisher Center of Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, “ Falls are a leading cause of broken hips and other serious injuries in the elderly, and those with Alzheimer’s are at particularly high risk of falling. Problems with vision, perception and balance increase as Alzheimer’s advances, making the risk of a fall more likely”.
According to the Parkinson’s Foundation, about 1 million Americans live with Parkinson's disease (PD) . PD is diagnosed if 2 of 4 motor symptoms is present. 1 of these symptoms is, “ Trouble with balance and falls (postural instability)”.
According to the Cure Duchenne, nearly 15,000 boys are living with the disease in the United States alone and over 300,000 worldwide. Common symptoms is frequent falls.
Rehab & Physical Therapy
Drop Support can be introduced in any ambulation based therapy, either when using parallel bars, crutches, or walkers. Drop Support is extremely beneficial in this area of therapy, as the full upper body support system, offers shoulder and chest straps, that prevent the user from falling forward, when being supported by an assistant that a waist belt alone would not be able to prevent otherwise. Most therapy facilities contain tile flooring, or some other slippery based flooring, in that the risk of falls only increases.
Drop Support can be implemented as an assistive device when assisting the elderly. Daily exercise is encouraged in most assisted living institutions, and while walkers and canes are used by the residents, some residents require additional fall support. The unique drop support handle is a key benefit in these areas as it limits the need for physical contact onto the user. By limiting physical contact to the user through the means of the support handle, the user is less likely to be injured from excessive force or pressure from the assistant during a fall.
Drop Support can be introduce for many other applications where fall support is required.