Resident falls are an important topic in regards to care and cost in senior care communities. According to the CDC, over 700,000 seniors are treated in the emergency room for injuries related to falls. Further, a hospitalization for a fall can cost $35,000 not including follow up care or therapy. Beyond the hospital costs, falls can affect the bottom line and census of senior care communities. After a fall,residents leave for hospital stays or, potentially, for another level of care. Falls are expensive, in addition to being physically devastating for the resident.
The longtime staple of falls risk assessments, Timed Up and Go test (TUG) has been a frequently used tool in the senior housing community. Practitioners say it is simple to perform, with little time or equipment required to complete top assessment.
There are numerous priorities when it comes to running a successful elder care communities. Providers must be conscious of cost efficiency, retention strategies, health regulations, staffing levels and many other factors. But is it advisable to put resident outcomes at the top of that list?
For seniors and their caregivers, health is ever at top of mind. By definition, our bodies slow down, eroding to a greater or lesser degree one’s inherent quality of life. Charged with the care of seniors whose quality of life may be failing or at risk, senior housing managers are always on the watch to help their residents lead better, fuller lives.