Mobility Aids Increase Fall Risk

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It’s not uncommon for residents who live in senior living communities to feel unsteady on their feet, so they use mobility aids, such as canes, walkers and wheelchairs. However, it is important to get a suitable device and use it correctly. Otherwise instead of providing help, the device can hinder movements and jeopardize a resident’s …

Learn How to Lead a Fall Huddle; Submit Challenging Case to Expert Panel

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Falling will always be an issue for memory care residents. In fact, SafelyYou’s community data reveals that 70% of falls occur in a resident’s bedroom and 80-90% of falls are unwitnessed. It is important for care staff to participate in post-fall huddle programs to help reduce repeat falls. SafelyYou is hosting a webinar to help …

Dementia and Falling Out of Bed

Dementia and falling out of bed

Tips for Preventing People Living with Dementia from Falling Out of Bed People who are living with dementia are prone to falling out of bed. In fact, 28% of severe falls in memory care communities happen when a resident is rolling out of bed or transferring to or from a bed. There are a number …

AI Helps Uncover Needed Medication Adjustments To Help Reduce Falls in Memory Care

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Adults living with dementia in assisted living and skilled nursing communities fall four times per year on average — nearly twice as often as those without dementia. An estimated 80% of falls in memory care communities are unwitnessed. Since every unwitnessed fall could result in a head injury, care staff often must call emergency services. …

Preventing Falls in Memory Care: How do you implement a successful fall prevention program in your community?

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Falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths for older adults. And those living with dementia in assisted living and skilled nursing communities fall four times per year on average — nearly twice as often as those without dementia.  Fall prevention programs are challenging to adapt to memory care where alert devices seldom work and …

The Impact of Person-Centered Fall Interventions

The Impact of Person-Centered Fall Interventions

As we know, our loved ones living in memory care communities fall about 4 times a year, which is about twice as often as those living in similar communities without dementia. If we want to keep them safe and out of harm’s way, we need to understand how to reduce the risk of falls. But …

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 …

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

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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 …