Seniors to rely on IQ to help reduce risk of falls
WORKING as a GP many years ago Doctor Hilton Beck was struck by the amount of time it took for his patients to secure their walking sticks when they sat down for a consult.
Now a couple of decades later and after a lot of thought and a bit of trial and error he hopes he has found the solution - The IQ Stick. It's a modern and unique walking stick that encourages the user to keep it with them at all times, reducing the risk of injury from falls.
He's now patented a second prototype, to be released soon.
"When I was a GP just about everyone who came in with a walking stick spent a fair bit of time propping it up and it invariably fell over," he explained.
"I started thinking about it."
All in all it's taken about 10-15 years to get it from concept to the market place, though he admits it is still evolving. But it is now available on line, at his surgery and at Terry White Pharmacy in Coffs Harbour.
Of course just because he is now an inventor, with a bit of help with a local engineer and friends, doesn't mean he's about to give up being a doctor.
Dr Beck, originally from South Africa, has lived and worked in Coffs for more than 25 years, specialising in skin cancer medicine for the past two decades and attained his Masters in Medicine (Primary Care Skin Cancer).
He opened the clinic in Murdock Street in 2013 and while the new walking stick is a great project (he's a keen inventor who has also tried his hand at inventing an electric blanket aimed at cooling in summer) he is happy to continue "doctoring".
For Dr Beck the stick has been more about solving a problem and preventing accidents.
Walking Sticks help prevent falls and are the safest way to avoid serious injury from falls. Unfortunately many people - who normally use a walking stick - fall when they don't have their walking stick with them.
The IQ Stick's modern and unique design encourages the user to keep it with them at all times, reducing the risk of injury from falls.
Dr Beck said Among people who fall at home - most do not have their walking stick with them when they fall and sustain more severe injuries.
For further information about the stick, go to iqstick.com.au/iqstickstandsbyyou/.