Unicorns are rare, innovative companies that radically change the way business is done in their industries. Think of how Uber transformed personal transportation or how Airbnb revolutionized hospitality. Can a breakthrough technology change the trajectory of senior care in the same way? In this article, we’ll get expert insights from venture capitalists, using them to evaluate potential unicorns in senior living technology.
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.
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.