Elderly Fall Prevention Interventions
The Impact of Resident Falls in Senior Living Communities
According to the CDC, nearly 25% of seniors report at least one fall per year1, resulting in almost 3 million emergency department visits2. Almost 1 million older adults require hospitalizations because of a fall, and more than 27,000 of these falls result in death1,2. As seniors age, co-morbidities such as high blood pressure increase the chance of falling.
The CDC estimates that senior fall injuries cost more than $50 billion in 2015, with Medicare and Medicaid facing most of these costs3. In 2020, that cost is expected to balloon to over $65 billion.
Preventing falls doesn’t have a one-size-fits-all solution. It requires individualized fall prevention strategies combining fall prevention technology and products, Senior Living design trends, and staff education. With all of these parts working together, you can develop an effective fall prevention program to help improve senior safety in your community.
Learn more about Elderly Fall Prevention and Management products
What are Elderly Fall Prevention and Management products?
Elderly fall prevention and management products can help make Senior Living communities safer for residents. They are specifically designed to help prevent falls and reduce fall-related injuries.
Why are Elderly Fall Prevention and Management products so important for senior care residents?
Elderly fall prevention and management products will help create safer senior care environments yet still allow for resident independence. Falls are most likely to occur in a resident room or bathroom. Implementing elderly fall prevention interventions in these locations can help improve senior safety in your community.
Fall Prevention Tips for Resident Rooms
- Bolstered mattresses and raised perimeters help ensure seniors don’t fall out of bed.
- The reduced height of low beds can help minimize possible injury if a senior falls from bed.
- Wide beds help with elderly fall prevention by offering additional sleeping space for residents while moving around in bed.
- Use the preprogrammed transfer height on select beds for additional safety and convenience.
- Bed assist devices offer additional support to help increase balance during ingress and egress.
- Wedge or anti-thrust contoured wheelchair cushions reduce potential sliding due to posterior pelvic tilt and other positioning issues. Using these cushions can help with fall prevention for seniors.
- Floor lifts provide safer transfers by reducing fall risk for residents as well as minimizing injury risk for caregivers.
Fall Prevention Tips for Bathrooms
- Toilet risers can aid in egress and ingress by reducing the distance between the resident and the seat.
- Toilet safety frames offer additional support and stability on both sides of the toilet. Similarly, grab bars offer the same benefits and can be easily installed in showers, tubs, or near toilets.
- Bath benches and shower chairs allow seniors to be seated comfortably during bathing.
Learn more about Elderly Fall Prevention Technology
Amid COVID-19, there has been a 20% increase in falls4 for Memory Care residents. Now communities can take the guesswork out of unwitnessed falls with SafelyYou’s result-driven AI fall technology.
- Memory care residents fall 4X per year5,6
- Up to 90% of falls are unwitnessed5
- Up to 40% fewer falls5
- Up to an 80% reduction in fall-related ER visits5,7
How can you create the most effective fall prevention program?
Evaluation of each senior’s situation and environment is key. By observing resident body mechanics and behaviors, you can determine which elderly fall prevention products, technology and room design updates are most appropriate for each individualized care plan.
For additional information on selecting fall prevention and management products, contact your account manager today at 1-800-634-7328 or fill out this form.
Elderly Fall Prevention and Management Blogs
10/17/2018Webinar: Reducing Fall Risk in Older Adults
Bergen G, Stevens MR, Burns ER. Falls and Fall Injuries Among Adults
Aged ≥65 Years — United States, 2014. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep
2016;65:993–998. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6537a2
2 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Web–based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) [online]. Accessed August 5, 2016.
3 Florence CS, Bergen G, Atherly A, Burns ER, Stevens JA, Drake C. Medical Costs of Fatal and Nonfatal Falls in Older Adults. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 2018 March, DOI:10.1111/jgs.15304
4 20% increase based on comparison of two four-week periods, one before COVID-19 and one when COVID-19 distancing protocols were in effect. Data based on detected falls in 23 communities using the SafelyYou solution.
5 Aggregated data from facilities prior to and after implementing the SafelyYou solution during a 32 week period in 2019-2020. Individual and community results will vary based on a variety of factors.
6 Van Doorn C, Gruber-Baldini AL, Zimmerman S, et al; Epidemiology of Dementia in Nursing Homes Research Group. Dementia as a risk factor for falls and fall injuries among nursing home residents. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2003;51(9):1213-1218.
7 Xiong GL, Bayen E, Nickels S, et al. Real-time video detection of falls in dementia care facility and reduced emergency care. Am J Manag Care. 2019;25(7):314-315.
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