In looking at the many and diverse elements that make up “quality of care” in senior housing, a single common theme emerges. Whatever other elements of care one may wish to explore, falls will likely emerge as a chief contributing factor.
When it comes to falls, any senior housing executive will be concerned with the wellness of the resident first. Immediate response and recovery care are the issues at the forefront. Beyond these, though, directors need to take a hard look at the numbers.
Too often, healthcare in our society has been defined as a response to an illness or injury that has already occurred. If there is anywhere that this should not be the case, it’s in senior living, where residents are already understood to be at higher risk.
Learn why the Timed Up and Go (TUG) test for assessing fall risk isn’t always the best option for senior living care providers, the pros and cons of alternate fall risk assessments and tools, as well as how technologies like passive monitoring and environmentally embedded sensors are ushering in a new era for fall risk assessment in senior living.
In late June, the St. Louis Business Journal honored the 25 Fastest Growing Companies of 2015. As we are still in nostalgia over the announcement of being the 3rd fastest growing company, this event was the cherry on top for many reasons.
Talk to anyone who has helped a senior living community implement a fall-monitoring system and they’re sure to tell you that a lot of things have to be contemplated and considered well in advance of its installation.
At some point it became a cliché, a joke among TV watchers: “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.” But it isn’t funny for seniors. While these advertisements brought to light the threat of falls for older adults, and even offered some solutions, technology has come a long way since then. In seeking out housing for the next stage of life, older Americans need to ask themselves whether they will be adequately protected against falls.
Looking at the statistics that have been gathered regarding how many adults over the age of 65 fall in a given year—that would be one in three, by the way, according to the experts at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—it’s easy to understand why so many senior living operators are eager to learn all they can about technological advancements that could help their staffers better predict and respond to resident falls.