Posted on 22/10/2018

Increased risk of falls as the clocks go back

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Increased risk of falls as the clocks go back

It’s that time of year again when the clocks go back and we get an extra hour in bed. But it also means the nights start closing in earlier, which can increase the risk of falls for anyone living with a vision impairment, balance and co-ordination issues or weakened lower limbs.

2018 sees the clocks go back an hour at 2am on Sunday 28th October, marking the end of British Summer Time. Effectively this means that it will be brighter for one hour in the morning, but sunset will take place one hour earlier in the evening, making the nights close in quicker.

Losing an hour of light later in the day may not seem like a big deal to most (although driving to and from work in the dark is not exactly appealing), but for more vulnerable people living with a health condition or disability, it may increase their likelihood of trips and falls.

Shedding a light on fall prevention

If you’re feeling anxious, for yourself or for a loved one, about the night’s closing in earlier when the clocks go back, one of the best ways to prepare is to ensure your home is well lit. There are a number of modern lamps available on the market to light up the rooms you spend a lot of time in, such as your lounge or bedroom, and they can be invaluable for increasing visibility when moving around, to help avoid trip hazards.

Dimmable LED Desk Lamp With Colour Changing Base

The adjustable neck and head on this lamp means you can shine a light in any direction, whilst the colour changing base create a calm and relaxing environment for both adults and children alike. Particularly useful in a care home environment.

Night Light with Motion Sensor

This clever night light turns on when movement is detected, illuminating a specific area automatically without the need for a switch. Ideal for placing next to your bed or in a hallway so you can see where you’re walking if you need to get up during the night.

Dimmable LED Lamp with Qi Wireless Charging Base

This sleek and modern looking lamp includes several high-tech features, including a Qi charging base for your mobile phone, touch power/dimmer and a head that enables you to “blow-out” the light – like a candle. Great for adding some contemporary style to your home whilst also increasing safety.

Clocks to reduce confusion

If you, or someone you care for, are living with a vision impairment or memory condition, the new distribution of light in the mornings and evenings may become a source of confusion when the clocks go back. Therefore, it may be worth considering a new clock which can help with orientation.

Talking Button Alarm Clock

If you have a vision impairment, the early morning light may make you think it’s later than it really is. This alarm clock makes it easy to double check by announcing the time, day and date in a clear male voice when you push the button.

Rosebud Reminder Clock - Dementia Clock

Ideal for anyone living with a memory condition, such as Dementia or Alzheimer’s, the Rosebud has 4 different day and time display options which can help to orientate those who may be confused over the loss of light in the afternoon. It also has a range of other features to make life easier and less anxious for those living with a memory condition.

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