2022.12.30 Home Care

Elderly Fashionable Living: Hands-Free Shoe Horn

Many of us have encountered elderly individuals who are accustomed to frugality in their daily lives, and therefore are reluctant to invest extra money in the shoes they wear for everyday outings. However, upon closer examination, the benefits of a good pair of shoes may far outweigh their cost.

Choosing a pair of shoes that provide stability, confidence, and balance for elderly family members can significantly reduce the risk of falls. Investing in such footwear can ultimately save a considerable amount of time and money that would otherwise be spent dealing with the effects of aging, including changes in foot size, shape, and mobility.

According to research, 83% of older adults do not choose the correct shoes, and over 70% of seniors may develop foot problems due to conditions like obesity and diabetes.

Here are some key points for seniors to consider when choosing shoes, provided by Famica:

  1. Comfort is paramount: Comfort is subjective, and many seniors have their preferences when it comes to shoes. However, if the shoes are uncomfortable to wear, any other considerations become moot. It's essential to ensure comfort before considering other factors.
  2. Size matters: Some seniors may opt for smaller shoes for aesthetic reasons, while others may choose larger sizes for easier wearing. However, ill-fitting shoes can pose a significant risk of falls and potentially lead to foot or leg pain or deformities.
  3. Consider the type of shoes: Factors such as height and shoe type can affect stability, support, and safety. Seniors may need to forgo preferences from their younger years, such as high heels or sandals, in favor of more protective footwear.

In addition to these considerations, the way shoes are put on and movements while wearing them are often overlooked.

As age increases, decreased mobility and strength in the waist can lead to injury, particularly when bending over to put on shoes. Additionally, sudden movements while bending over can cause dizziness, vision problems, weakness, and even strokes. These accidents are common among the elderly when putting on shoes.

Therefore, Famica also recommends placing a chair near the doorway at home to significantly reduce the likelihood of such accidents. A chair can be used for putting on and tying shoes and can also serve as a support for getting up, reducing the risk of falls.

Finally, it's advisable to have a shoe-wearing aid at home, especially when used in conjunction with a chair, for added safety!

Famica highly recommends pairing their own-designed "no-bend shoe horn" with the aforementioned considerations for selecting shoes! This shoe horn not only assists seniors in putting on shoes without the hassle of tying shoelaces or worrying about stepping on the heel but also allows for the effortless act of putting on and taking off shoes with just one hand.

Moreover, the specially extended handle design enables individuals who find it inconvenient to sit down or bend over to use it effortlessly while standing. Its stylish and sleek design, coupled with its ability to stand upright after use, not only ensures convenience but also facilitates easy storage.

By combining these shoe selection considerations with the use of the "no-bend shoe horn," families can provide their elderly members with the means to enjoy going out with ease and safety every day!