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.
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.