“As the population ages and people live longer in bad shape, the number of older Americans who fall and suffer serious, even fatal, injuries is soaring.” As fall numbers continue to climb, each year, 2.8 million older people are treated in emergency departments and approximately 800,000 older people are hospitalized for fall injuries. Adjusted for inflation, the direct medical costs for fall injuries are $31 billion annually. Hospital costs account for two-thirds of the total.
Infrastructure that includes the right hardware, software, network, and people to run the IT will prove essential to gaining resident satisfaction. The right infrastructure will:
Passive remote monitoring systems are game-changers when it comes to the safety and health of residents. These systems are built around discrete, often environmentally embedded sensors (typically motion, depth, and pressure sensors) that are connected to a powerful computer system that can detect falls, illnesses, and other emergencies. Read More
While Timed Up and Go is valued in part for its ease and simplicity, that ease is also responsible for limitations in its predictive value. The limitations of Timed Up and Go beg the question of whether viable alternatives or supplements to TUG exist. Medical professionals have in fact developed other means of assessing fall risk.
A key aspect of fall prevention is fall risk assessment, and the gold standard in fall risk assessment in recent decades has been the Timed Up and Go (TUG) test. The TUG test has the virtue of being a quick and simple assessment. It simply entails timing a patient as he or she rises from a chair, walks three meters (10 feet), and returns to a seated position. The time it takes to complete the task (assuming the patient is able to complete the test at all) has been correlated to fall risk in some studies. Depending on the source, cutoff times ranging from 10 seconds and up, to 30 seconds and up, indicate a patient who is at high risk of falling.
Senior living cybersecurity is of growing importance in the industry. There are outside attacks; breaches due to poorly formulated policy; and data loss due to equipment failure, negligence, or insider threats. These and a wide variety of other factors have contributed to a new landscape of concern. As a result, cybersecurity is at the heart of a senior living facility’s success. Unfortunately, senior housing is woefully unprepared to address these cybersecurity threats. A strong security apparatus will require each employee to play a role. No longer just a function IT, cybersecurity is an important component of each employee’s job. What role do you play?
For a long time, senior housing communities have relied on traditional nurse call systems because these generally represented the best technology available. Now, that technology has been superseded. Just as with smartphones, Internet-enabled televisions, and even smart toasters, a better way of doing things has come along.
In coming years, one of the most complicated business drivers for senior housing executives to address will be information technology. This has been a slow-adopter industry—perhaps with good reason. Providers focus on people, with technology often taking a back seat to the pressures of providing daily care.
Senior living is evolving into a highly technical and heavily regulated industry. As baby boomers retire, and the industry continues to grow, it has become apparent that a locked cabinet for patient files is not longer enough to protect Personal Health Information (PHI). Traditionally, it was believed that senior living was at lesser risk of a cybersecurity attack. However, recent years have shown that it is a primary target, and the senior living industry is not prepared to combat an attack. When a community faces a large security breach or challenge, not only is there a risk to reputation and patient trust, but also a risk of heavy government fines. Here are 4 security challenges facing senior living communities today:
When working in a senior care environment, clinicians and other senior care staff may breeze by worries of elder care security. Read More