For every step we take, someone aged 65 or older is falling. As the aging population grows, so will the number of falls. Already, the CDC has declared falls a public health issue. That’s why SafelyYou is unveiling data from our inaugural report, The State of Falls, a comprehensive study based on a survey of more than 400 executives and care providers across senior care and adults 42 and older.
As we age, physical changes and health conditions make falls more likely. In fact, falls are a leading cause of injury among older adults. And adults living with dementia fall at least four times per year — twice as often as adults without dementia. But fall prevention interventions, like those outlined below, can reduce the risk of fall events and help keep memory care residents safe.
We know that care providers have limited time to offer effective training programs. We also know that 78% of falls occur between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. and the most common location for fall events is by the bed. So, we analyzed 9,000 falls and developed these quick-to-train tactics, empowering care providers to in-service staff in a short amount of time and help reduce the risk of unwitnessed falls by the bedside.
For February’s webinar, Reinvigorating Resident Engagement: New Ideas to Increase Inclusion and Reduce Fall Risk, we’ll be joined by Kelly Stranburg and Sara Kyle of LE3 Solutions. Kelly and Sara have over thirty years of combined experience in senior care and now develop programming dedicated to bringing joy, passion, and vitality to each individual resident experience. You can register for the webinar here.
In our January National Fall Huddle we’ll examine ways to improve and advance critical fall management programs while faced with resource limitations. We’ll explore free tools that help staff be more efficient and effective, both elevating quality of care and easing staff burden. And we’ll review case studies, providing fall prevention best practices you can implement immediately to make an impact in your communities and facilities.
We know our partners in the industry need our support, as staffing and budgets continue to be challenges. So, we’ve extended the deadline for applying for a SafelyYou grant, providing more opportunity for skilled nursing facilities and assisted living and memory care communities to get coverage for the cost of implementing SafelyYou’s first-of-its-kind fall management program.