What Happens When a Senior Falls?

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.

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Why Does Senior Living Need the Right Infrastructure?

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:

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Questions to Ask When Considering Remote Monitoring or Alert Systems

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. Continue reading “Questions to Ask When Considering Remote Monitoring or Alert Systems”

Alternatives to Timed Up and Go

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.

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Limitations of Timed Up and Go (TUG)

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.

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How Passive Remote Monitoring Addresses Nurse Call Systems’ Shortcomings

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.

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How Can Elder Care Professionals Protect Themselves From a Security Breach?

When working in a senior care environment, clinicians and other senior care staff may breeze by worries of elder care security. Continue reading “How Can Elder Care Professionals Protect Themselves From a Security Breach?”

Why Cybersecurity is the Heart of a Senior Living Facility’s Success

Hundreds of healthcare organizations are hacked annually, affecting millions of American lives, according to a recent healthcare breach report issued by the federal government. Continue reading “Why Cybersecurity is the Heart of a Senior Living Facility’s Success”

Top 7 TED Talks to Improve Senior Living Outcomes

The nonprofit organization TED aims to spread great ideas in tiny, bite-sized morsels. The Internet now is home to thousands of “TED Talks,” short video segments touching on every aspect of life – and they are wildly popular. Continue reading “Top 7 TED Talks to Improve Senior Living Outcomes”