Given that falls can lead to life-changing – even life-ending – impacts on seniors, responding to them after the fact simply isn’t enough. To prevent potentially devastating outcomes, senior living and memory care leaders need strategies for preventing falls from happening in the first place.
New technologies deliver – supporting proactive health and predictive fall strategies that can support better results. The key: generating resident insights that leaders can use to avoid falls and hospitalizations while preserving the privacy and dignity of the resident.
In a recent webinar, Before the Fall: How One Operator Embraced Proven Strategies to Reduce Incidents and Hospitalizations, Cathy Krege, Director of Clinical Services and Compliance at Provision Living Senior Communities, and I shared two new ways to put this approach in action today:
- Tap into modern technology that automatically collects and interprets resident data so caregivers can focus more on resident care. Few senior living communities have the staff resources required to actively assess changing fall risk while personally tracking and analyzing a wide range of factors known to contribute to falls (bed occupancy, bed exits, sit-to-stand time, gait). What’s more, sometimes changes in residents’ health occur so subtly that they go unnoticed. Modern technology can apply automated algorithms to monitor small changes in heart rate, bed restlessness and other factors to give early warning of deteriorating health.
- Automate alerts to avoid falls and hospitalizations. With data and analysis in hand, put it to work with automated alerts. For example, changes in walking speed and timed up-and-go (TUG) could indicate the need for physical therapy – timely intervention that could help avoid a fall. If a resident has already experienced falls, use technology to evaluate time in bed and bed exit time to identify habits that may be fueling risk and then update the care plan to meet changing needs. These kinds of proactive interventions helped one resident go from more than seven falls a month to no falls! In another case, insight regarding pulse, stride and bathroom activity for a resident with a history of congestive heart failure spurred doctor intervention and resulted in no hospitalization.
These approaches are possible TODAY. In fact, Cathy shares her real-world experience using them to transform resident care and caregiver experience. This free one-hour webinar might just change your entire approach to fall reduction.