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.
Senior care executives have noticed how well-designed technology can benefit residents, staff, and families. However, implementing seniors technology is a bit different than rolling out technology based applications and programs for millennials. While Boomers are more tech-savvy than their predecessors, technology can still be overwhelming or underused for their generation. Eager to learn but often lacking the background experience with apps and social media interfaces, Boomers need extra direction in order to get the most benefit from senior care community technology initiatives.
With the pace of healthcare technology, many senior living operations might feel it’s better to wait for the next big wave before surfing into investment. But when you take a look around, top providers are already speeding along and leaving stragglers behind.
Resident isolation can feel like a constant battle for senior living care professionals and clinicians. Whether a resident is choosing to withdraw from community life and stay in the apartment or is asked to remain in the apartment due to a contagious illness or other medical issue, isolated residents are simply not getting enough interaction with their peers or staff. Read More