Vela Independence Chair for fall prevention for the elderly offers numerous benefits

Why is fall prevention important for older adults?

Preventing falls among the elderly is crucial due to dizziness, balance problems, and weakened muscle strength, which are among the most common causes of falls in this age group. The VELA chair is a specially designed chair that aims to prevent falls among the elderly.

The Risk of Falling Increases Significantly with Age

In fact, a study conducted in the Municipality of Copenhagen revealed that one-third of residents aged 65 and above experience at least one fall per year. Globally, this applies to more than one in four individuals2. The same Copenhagen study emphasises that once you have experienced a fall, the risk of falling again increases even further.

Not only does the risk of falling increase with age, but the consequences of a fall can also be much more severe compared to when you were younger.

Tragically, falls are the second-leading cause of death worldwide, following traffic accidents. Each year, an estimated 684,000 people die due to falls globally, with a significant number occurring among older adults over the age of 60.


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Consequences of falls:

When an elderly person falls, it can result in fractured bones, such as hip or thigh fractures. Unfortunately, this often leads to severe consequences:

  • Lengthy hospital stays
  • Prolonged rehabilitation processes
  • Surgical procedures and potential reoperation
  • Requirement for aids during hospitalisation and at home
  • Need for care, such as home care, in everyday life

Unfortunately, it is also often the case that the consequences of a fall can lead to poorer mobility and result in another fall. Moreover, the fear of falling again can lead to the avoidance of specific situations and activities in an attempt to prevent future falls.

This significantly diminishes the quality of life for the elderly. Among other things, effective fall prevention aims to counteract these negative impacts.

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Kaj Henning Was Always Afraid of Falling

Kaj Henning, an elderly gentleman, has experienced reduced muscle strength in his legs due to his age. This has made him feel insecure about losing balance and falling, and his fears are justified.

Kaj Henning has faced falls in his home before and is concerned that another fall could result in a fracture. He has also realised from past experiences that he cannot get up on his own if he falls again.


Due to his insecurity and fear, Kaj Henning has refrained from performing many practical tasks at home, relying on his wife, Lene, to handle most of the household chores. However, the extra workload on Lene does not compare to the worry she carries for her husband. Whenever she hears an unexpected sound, she often thinks:

What’s happening now? Has he fallen?

However, the situation at Lene and Kaj Henning’s home changed when Kaj Henning was provided with a VELA Chair. The chair enables him to be more active in his daily life. He can now help more around the house, and the chair provides excellent reassurance to both Kaj Henning and Lene, as Kaj Henning is not at as high a risk of falling. He feels secure when he sets the table, loads the dishwasher, or picks things up from the floor.

As a result, Kaj Henning has become less dependent on help from Lene.

The burden of worry that Lene had unconsciously carried for Kaj Henning has now been lifted.

Lene expresses her relief, saying:

Now, there’s less for me to be anxious about.

Kaj Henning particularly appreciates the electric height adjustment on the chair because, as he explains, “There’s a difference between sitting and walking.” Therefore, depending on his activity, he makes many small adjustments to his sitting height throughout the day to ensure comfort.

Lene notices a significant change in Kaj Henning’s activity level and his sense of independence. She remarks that he has become much more active and hopes this positive effect extends to his edematous legs.

The VELA chair has helped Kaj Henning be more active and independent at home, ultimately improving his quality of life, not just for himself but also for his wife, Lene.

Whether it’s called quality of life, I don’t know, but it feels like it… Actually.

Fear of Falling Is a Prevalent Problem

After experiencing his first fall, Kaj Henning began feeling insecure about engaging in certain activities that he perceived to have a higher risk of falling again. As a result, Kaj Henning refrained from performing some tasks at home, despite being capable of doing them prior to the fall.
This restriction in activity can lead to the deterioration of both physical and cognitive functions, ultimately resulting in a loss of independence and an increased need for care.
Studies have shown that such deterioration is considered crucial in terms of experiencing reduced quality of life. In fact, a 2018 review conducted by Schoene et al. demonstrated that the fear of falling has significant implications for the quality of life among older adults, and interestingly, it has a greater impact than the falls themselves.
Initially, the fear of falling among older adults was thought to be limited to those who had already experienced falls, commonly referred to as “post-fall syndrome.”
However, it has been discovered that the fear of falling is not exclusive to older individuals with prior falling incidents but is also prevalent among older adults with no history of falls.

Kaj wife

The Impact of Fear on Social Life

Fear can have a profound impact on social and active individuals and their loved ones, as is the case with Kaj Henning and Lene. Therefore, it is important not only to focus on physical capabilities but also to incorporate the psychological perspective into the rehabilitation process and preventive mindset.

Kaj Henning and Lene’s story is not unique, and our experience shows that there are many elderly individuals in a similar situation to theirs. This is why fall prevention should be approached from a physical, contextual, and psychological standpoint.

How a VELA Chair Assists in Preventing Falls and the Apprehension of Falling

The prevention of falls among the elderly is crucial due to their significant physical and psychological consequences. This is where VELA’s office chair with a brake and an electric lift can be a valuable aid. It offers a sense of security and stability, both physically and mentally, effectively reducing the fear of falling.Research has demonstrated the positive impact of environmental modifications, often termed “environmental adaptations,” on fall prevention. These adaptations involve adjusting the home environment to create optimal conditions for engaging in daily activities4. According to this research, the use of assistive devices is an effective way for individuals like Kaj Henning to enhance their ability to perform various activities at home.One effective method of adapting your home environment is by incorporating a VELA chair. This fall prevention chair enables easy and secure movement between different rooms while remaining seated. Moreover, it is suitable for use in all areas of the house and requires minimal space.

You can adjust the chair’s height yourself

A chair that has both a brake and an electric lift is essential to preventing falls among the elderly. The VELA chair with an electric lift provides the user with an aid that assists them in standing up.

To use the chair safely, follow these steps:

  • Apply the brake by using the hand brake
  • Press the button to raise the seat. This will elevate the chair and help you stand up
  • Gently place your feet on the floor, and regain your balance while being supported by the chair


The VELA chair offers additional benefits as well. It allows you to perform various daily tasks while remaining seated. For example, you can lower the chair to reach lower shelves in a cupboard or raise it to access clothes in a wardrobe. However, always ensure that the chair is properly braked before carrying out any activities to ensure your safety and security.

One notable feature of the chair is its electric lift, which provides a smooth and gradual change in seat height. This helps prevent dizziness or loss of balance that can occur with sudden movements. By instilling a sense of security, the electric lift contributes to a safer user experience.

Walk the chair around and stay mobile

Our mobility chairs for the elderly are equipped with four smooth-running wheels. This means you can lower the chair’s height and use your legs to “walk” or push the chair around while seated.

With a VELA fall prevention chair, you can comfortably engage in most of your daily activities while seated, reducing the fear of falling. The smooth-running wheels provide enhanced mobility, enabling you to take care of yourself and move around with ease.

If you need to transition from the chair to a sofa, simply walk the chair to the sofa, apply the brake, fold the armrest down, and slide onto the sofa. You can also rely on the armrest for support during the transfer.

A fall prevention chair offers safety and security, empowering you to handle various tasks independently without relying on others for assistance.

Security, stability, and a better quality of life

There are many benefits to preventing falls among the elderly. Using a VELA chair helps reduce accidents, hospitalisations, and after-effects. Therefore, we recommend getting a VELA chair before an accident happens. You can use it when you are feeling tired to prevent yourself from falling.

A fall prevention chair for the elderly offers security when your strength fails while also providing a stable foundation to continue your usual activities, helping you maintain a good quality of life even if you have a fear of falling.


The VELA Chair Has Transformed Kaj Henning’s Daily Life

After receiving a VELA chair, he has gained the confidence to perform a wider range of tasks at home.

It not only relieves his wife but also provides beneficial exercise for Kaj Henning. The VELA chair assists him in areas where he is weakest, eliminating his fear of the consequences of his physical limitations. For instance, it compensates for Kaj Henning’s reduced leg muscle strength and lack of balance. Consequently, he can now work at the kitchen table and cabinets at a higher level, as well as perform tasks closer to the floor, such as emptying and loading the dishwasher.

His fear of falling, which he used to associate with this strength- and balance-demanding activities, has been eliminated thanks to the VELA chair.

The VELA chair actively contributes to enhancing Kaj Henning’s level of activity by reducing his feelings of insecurity. Increased activity can help strengthen Kaj Henning’s leg muscles and alleviate swelling. For Kaj Henning, the VELA chair has made it possible to perform activities that were previously impossible for him, boosting his confidence and independence. These two factors have had a significant impact on his overall quality of life.


Falls and Fall Injuries Among Adults Aged ≥65 Years – United States, 2014

National Library of Medicine 

The Vela Tango chair makes daily life easier for Claus with cerebral palsy

Claus uses the Vela Tango chair for support with his activities in the kitchen so that he can manage them independently.

Claus has lived with cerebral palsy all his life. The paralysis is mainly evident on the left side of his body. A few years ago, Claus suffered a fracture in the lumbar area when he had a fall. This meant that Claus required a new adjusted kitchen and supportive aids to allow him to manage his kitchen activities independently. There is space for his legs under the cooker that can be adjusted in height for a seated person.

Claus has problems with his balance and finds it difficult to stand up. In addition, he has problems with his knees and with walking. On occasion he has to use his walking frame or electric wheelchair. He has some personal assistance, but in general, he manages daily life himself, both in the kitchen, at mealtimes, and doing daily chores at home.

Making daily life easier

To keep active after his fall, Claus has been given a VELA Tango Electric (El) Sit-stand Chair with a shallow seat and electric adjustment of the sitting height. The electric adjustment of the sitting height is essential for Claus, e.g. when he has to stand, since he has stiff hips.

Claus and his therapist discussed usability issues carefully for the design of his new kitchen. The oven has a side opening and the dishwasher is placed at a height so he can operate both easily while using his chair. When he uses the chair in the kitchen, it is easy for him to adjust the chair height. The chair’s shallow seat is also ideal: Claus will not pinch the backs of his thighs when using it for supported standing, and the seat ensures an active sitting position at the same time.

Claus on the VELA Tango El sit-stand chair

  • I use the chair for kitchen work, food preparation and eating. In the kitchen, I set the seat high so I can stand at the kitchen table and work and use the oven easily.
  • I always put the brake on! I’ve fallen off a chair because I forgot to put the brake on, so now I’ve learned my lesson.
  • The seat is really good, especially when I stand up. The shallow seat also means that I don’t pinch the backs of my thighs, and it provides good support when I stand. The seat is also good for sitting on when I use the chair at the dining table.
  • It is easy to adjust the seat height electrically, and when I set the chair high, I almost stand up. This is essential for me because I can’t bend my hips much.
  • It’s easy to move around the kitchen in the chair because of the large wheels, which roll smoothly across the floor.

Lilly regained her independence with VELA Tango Activity Chair

Lilly has arthritis with a significant disability in the back, shoulders, hips and knees. Lilly is also a short woman (142 cm in height), which makes it difficult for her to achieve a good sitting position at the same time as having a safe work posture.

Her arthritis means that she finds it difficult to manage daily tasks independently. She spends a lot of time in the kitchen, where she also has her dining table. To get around the house, Lilly uses a walking frame for support.

Lilly cannot operate an ordinary chair with gas because of her arthritis. Therefore, she has been given a chair that can be height-adjusted using electric controls, the Vela Tango Electric (El).

Despite the fact that daily life is extremely difficult for Lilly, she had not imagined it possible to find a chair that would relieve her difficulties and make her more self-reliant again. Like many others, she was loath to ask for help or be a nuisance. It was her children who took the initiative and pushed for it, which she is very glad about. Lilly therefore wants to encourage others in similar situations to ask for help.

”It means a lot to me to be able to carry out the daily tasks that I’ve always done my whole life. Now I can happily prepare food for several days and it makes a world of difference that I can peel the potatoes myself. Good food means a lot for living well with arthritis – and it boosts my desire to do other things.”

Lilly has become much more mobile thanks to VELA Tango El, and she has regained her independence. It is important to Lilly not to be dependent on help from others.

  • The chair is always in the kitchen where I use it for kitchen work and as a dining chair, and when sitting at the dining table to do something with my hands, e.g. crocheting.
  • I find the chair really useful, especially in the kitchen, although there isn’t much space.
  • Now it’s possible to set the chair at a height where I can make food, wash up and put things in the cupboards. It’s now even nicer to be able to do things myself, and the chair relieves a lot of pressure, so I don’t get as tired as before.
  • The chair is easy to adjust in height, so I don’t have to bend down to the base units either.
  • The armrests are nice to rest your arms on, and I also use them for support when I get up and sit down in the chair.

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