Preventing falls in one of the foremost responsibilities of senior care providers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approximately 1,800 nursing home residents die from falls annually, and more than half of residents will fall in any given year. Between 10% and 20% of nursing home falls cause serious injuries, and 2% to 6% cause fractures.
In years past, nurse call systems were seen as a modern, desirable amenity in senior living properties. Nurse call systems seemed to provide a degree of safety, as residents who had fallen could theoretically ring for help. This attitude has waned as more robust, proactive alternatives to resident-activated call systems have become available.
Within the senior housing industry, few events are as frustrating as the preventable hospitalization. For the clinical director doing all she can to sustain resident wellness, it is discouraging to see a senior go to the hospital for a condition or event that could have been prevented.
While the core mission of senior care is very personal and human, technologies that allow senior living providers to better serve their residents are demonstrating their potential to improve resident retention and increase occupancy rates across the senior care spectrum. Technologies that help keep residents connected, informed, entertained and engaged, as well as safe and better cared for, are increasingly being adopted by senior living providers who are wise enough to make the investments required to be among the leading providers in their space.
Remember how that car commercial made the pitch to Baby Boomers? “This is not your father’s Oldsmobile.” Besides being a memorable line, it made a strong point. This generation wasn’t going to settle for a car just because it was good enough for dad.
Learn why senior housing communities are moving away from outdated nurse call systems to a more efficient and effective approach to passive monitoring: artificial intelligence (or AI)-powered systems. In this eBook, you’ll learn how AI is changing passive health monitoring for the better and how technologies that utilize it can lead to higher occupancy rates and lower resident turnover, as well as happier staff and healthier residents.
Just because something works doesn’t automatically make it the best choice. A horse and buggy will get you there, but a car is quicker and a lot more efficient.
Senior living executives can’t afford to ignore ambient, environmentally embedded health monitoring technology. Nearly every article from senior living thought leaders on trends in the space largely focus on the impact that new senior housing technologies, like remote health monitoring, will have on the industry. For example The Senior List and A Place for Mom both recently highlighted how health monitoring technology will help to transform senior living.
For senior housing community resident executives looking to the future, it makes sense to follow today’s unfolding trends. One of the most visible is the rise of care coordination services in senior living.
Eighty percent of America’s seniors live with at least one chronic disease, yet many of these can be kept in check with preventive care. Any successful senior housing enterprise will do more than just treat illness as it arises. Smart operators will employ preventative care practices to ensure that those who are healthy, or are managing their chronic conditions successfully, remain well.