If you were alone in your room and wanted your shoes across the room but couldn’t stand unassisted, how would you get them safely?

Dementia and falling out of bed

I would lower myself slowly from my bed and scoot myself across the room to my shoes and attempt to put them on. Then, I would need to wait for someone to assist me up and will remain on ground until they come. This is what happens to 30% of residents in memory care. They …

Person-Centered Care Ideals and Practicality in Senior Living

Adult Helping Senior In Hospital

I had the pleasure of attending the Pioneer Network Annual Conference in Louisville recently along with a SafelyYou colleague. The Pioneer Network describes itself as “the national leader of the culture change movement, helping care providers to transition away from a medical, institutional model of elder care to one that is life affirming, satisfying, humane …

Recent Study Shows More Senior Are Dying From Falls and Common Prevention Recommendations Fall Short

The Journal of the American Medical Association

What are the most common suggestions for older Americans who want to lower their risk of falling? Take an exercise or balance-building class. Go see your eye doctor. Stop taking sleep medications. Eliminate trip hazards and install grab bars in the bathroom. A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that …

How can we reduce the risk of falls involving mobility aids in memory care?

Walkers

Mobility aids are necessary for many people living with dementia, but these helpful devices can actually increase the risk of falls. In fact, people with dementia are three times more likely to suffer a fall when using a mobility aid, such as a cane, walker or wheelchair, compared to not using one at all, according …

From The New York Times: “Deadly Falls in Older Americans Are Rising. Here’s How to Prevent Them.”

Deadly Falls in Older Americans Are Rising. Here’s How to Prevent Them.

This week, The New York Times examined a new study published in the medical journal JAMA, which found that “for people over 75, the rate of mortality from falls more than doubled from 2000 to 2016.” While the overall picture shows that this is likely due to people living longer with conditions that would have been fatal in the …

Register for our May 16 Webinar!

Using Video Review to Design Safe Living Spaces in Memory Care Find out how Memory Care communities have been empowered through video review to ensure their resident’s rooms are designed to reduce the likelihood of falling. Presenters: Amie Martin, President, Proactive Medical Review Shirley Nickels, COO, SafelyYou Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019 Time: 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m …

Videos Take the Guesswork out of Fall Review

checklist

What if you could watch a video of a fall and know if the environment played a role instead of using your standard post fall assessment checklist and guessing what happened? All of our communities have post fall assessments that include an environmental checklist to review if the resident’s surroundings influenced their fall. The check …