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Reducing risk in senior living: Increase wellness checks and their benefits without increasing staff

Resident rounding is designed to routinely meet care needs, help ensure safety, decrease the occurrence of preventable events, and proactively address problems before they occur. These wellness checks help staff be more engaged with residents, creating reduced risk and falls, better-quality care, and more satisfied residents and staff. We’re outlining the benefits of these wellness checks—and some unexpected results we’ve found in our research—as well as how to increase them and improve outcomes without additional staffing.

Wellness checks lead to more satisfied staff, driving down fall rates, reducing risk, and increasing occupancy

Wellness checks help staff be more engaged with residents, and more satisfied in their work. Staff who are more satisfied are less likely to leave, reducing turnover rates, and leading to more consistent quality of care and less disruption for residents. In fact, this care staff satisfaction has a significant effect on families and residents, with a surprising impact on safety: just a 1% increase in staff satisfaction raises resident and family satisfaction by an impressive 17.4%—and reduces resident falls by a remarkable 19%1. A satisfied, stable team means residents are receiving higher-quality care, fall rates are reduced, and families are more content with the community. And when families are more satisfied and see that residents are receiving consistent, quality care and experiencing fewer falls, residents are more likely to stay in their communities, improving retention.
in employee satisfaction
in resident & family satisfaction
in falls (with a cost of $5,267 per fall)

Reduced falls improve resident outcomes and reduce costs and risks in senior living

The average cost of a fall for an operator is $5,2672. This means a 19% reduction in fall rates—resulting from increased staff satisfaction that’s driven in part by wellness checks—creates significant cost savings for communities. When residents are experiencing fewer falls, they’re also experiencing fewer fall-related injuries, improving their overall well-being. And they’re not requiring trips to the ER which not only saves on costs, it saves stress for the resident and family, and reduces risk for the resident: more than a third of hospital patients 70 and older experience delirium during their stay, with up to 50% experiencing delirium after high-risk procedures, such as hip fracture repair3. Additionally, 1 in 7 move-outs in senior living communities is fall-related. So, an increase in wellness checks that reduces falls has far-reaching impact for reducing risk, as well as driving occupancy.
is the average cost of a fall for an operator
up to 50%
of hospital patients 70+ experience delirium after procedures such as hip fracture repair, which can result from a fall
1 in 7
move-outs is fall-related

Consistent wellness checks mean a greater ability to mitigate risk

The more consistently and effectively wellness checks are conducted, the better the outcomes will be for residents, and the better communities will be able to mitigate risk. So, what if your communities had access to insights from wellness checks conducted hourly, from 7pm to 7am, without increasing staffing or adding to your teams’ workload? What would the impact be?

Nighttime hours are the most vulnerable for residents and the most challenging for staff. From 7 pm to 7 am, risk increases in the following ways4:

of falls happen
of silent falls take place
of residents who had one silent fall
had another silent fall

What are silent falls and how do they increase risk in senior living?

Silent falls are unwitnessed fall events in which the resident may be injured, but self-recovers, and does not inform community staff of the incident. These falls pose significant risk to both the resident and the community: residents may have injuries that go unknown and untreated, and communities may face unfounded abuse or neglect claims from injuries of unknown origin. According to the latest CNA report, these falls can result in claims of $296k per incident. SafelyYou Respond™ reveals these previously undetected falls for communities and empowers care staff to more accurately assess each fall’s severity—so residents get the right care right away.

Increase wellness checks without additional staffing

Risk increases overnight. Increased wellness checks can help mitigate those risks. Without adding to your staffing numbers or to your staff’s workload, you can have a clearer picture of resident risk from 7pm to 7am, enabling your staff to better respond to safety issues, including near falls, elopement attempts, climbing on or moving furniture, and more. And you can better address sleep disturbances, which are a leading reason that families turn to senior living—and can begin a cycle of health deterioration for seniors.

SafelyYou Aware™ offers remote, hourly, nighttime wellness checks with SafelyYou team members reviewing 1 minute of video each hour to assess safety concerns. Staff is immediately notified when a safety issue is detected, and empowered to act to help prevent incidents before they occur, reducing risk and improving residents’ safety, well-being, and outcomes.

SafelyYou video data shows, on average, residents are awake or not in their rooms up to 30% of the night, which can impact their overall well-being and care. With SafelyYou Aware™, you can see and better understand the reasons for these sleep disturbances, providing families peace of mind that residents in your communities will get more restful sleep and be at reduced risk, and reassuring them as residents transition into their new living environment. Plus, you’ll give your communities a market differentiator.

Reducing risk and elevating care in senior living

“Early adoption of new technology is the key to our ability to constantly evolve and elevate the services we provide. SafelyYou has enabled us to identify root causes for many resident falls, including physical and environmental risk factors, specific to each resident. As a result, we can implement individually tailored resident interventions to reduce the risk of fall-related injuries.”

To learn more about increasing wellness checks without adding staffing or adding to your staff’s workload, see how SafelyYou Aware™ works. To learn other ways SafelyYou can help you reduce risk in senior living, reach out to us at [email protected].

1“Nursing Home Employee and Resident Satisfaction and Resident Care Outcomes.” Safety and Health at Work. Science Direct. Plaku-Alakbarova, Bora. Punnett, Laura. Gore, Rebecca J. Procare Research Team.

2SafelyYou 2022 Cost of Falls Report

3Marcantonio, Edward R., M.D. “Delirium in Hospitalized Older Adults.” National Library of Medicine. October 12, 2017.

4Data collected by SafelyYou from Jan. 1, 2021 – Sep. 2022 based on 27,000 on-the-ground events

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