Hip protectors: What device can I use to help prevent or reduce the impact of a fall?

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What device can I use to help prevent or reduce the impact of a fall?


I'm having challenges with my balance and my fear of falling is increasing. Are there inflatable body vests or belts which will inflate on impact?

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There are a number of products on the market that offer protection in the event of a fall. Below are direct links to some examples of products that you may like to explore:

  • The HipSaver SlimFit, by Brown HealthcareFabric hip protectors are widely used to reduce impact on joints during a fall. The HipSaver SlimFit Garment (at Brown Healthcare) is discreetly worn under clothing and comes with padding for the hips, tailbone or knees. This product ranges in price from $60 to $90 (Cdn).
  • Walking poles have also been found to be useful in preventing falls. Activator Poles (at Urban Poling) were designed by an occupational therapist specifically for rehab and long-term conditions. Walking poles range in price from $15 to $200 (Cdn).

YActivator Poles, by Urban Polingou may also like to know about The Wearable Airbag by ActiveProtective, which is not yet available but is currently being developed in the U.S. This product is essentially a wearable belt with sensors that detect motion unique to falling. When the device senses a fall, it will automatically deploy to protect the hip bones.

There are a number of other factors that can reduce your risk of falling. You can complete a BC Government falls risk questionnaire to determine your risk of falling as well as actions your can take to prevent falls and remain independent. 


Some technologies and devices may require an in-person assessment. Speak with your health care provider for additional information and support.

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