Sleep disturbances for loved ones are a leading reason families turn to senior living. And poor sleep quality can begin a cycle of health deterioration, increasing fall risk and other negative health outcomes. So how can you assure families that you’ll help their loved ones get restful sleep—and reduce their risks—when they move into your communities? It starts with insights into and understanding of why sleep is being disrupted, as well as a clearer picture of potential risk.
The overnight hours are the most vulnerable for residents and the most challenging for care staff. Fall risk peaks between 6-9pm and again from 3-6am. How can you support both residents and staff while helping to prevent falls during this time? We have four ways to reduce fall risk during the most vulnerable overnight hours.
In October’s National Fall Huddle, we’ll evaluate the incidence of falls during the evening hours, including what triggers and behaviors are present prior to these fall events. We’ll also provide strategies for mitigating sundowning behaviors and review how environmental factors contribute to fall risk. Additionally, we’ll explore how technology can support staff and residents during the overnight hours—the hours when fall risk peaks, and staffing is reduced.
The report deepens our understanding of both how Americans feel about aging and falling, and the true impact falls have on adults residing in—and out—of senior living communities. Because with a greater understanding of a problem we can work towards more effective, transformative solutions.