How to Safely Transfer from Sitting to Standing in Memory Care

sit to stand transfer

Helping a person living with dementia transfer to or from a bed to a chair safely may seem like a simple task, but the truth is, both people can be injured if you aren’t careful with the procedure. With the right instructions and the correct aids, you can minimize most problems that may occur when doing …

How to Reduce Transfer Risks and Prevent Falls in Memory Care

Transfer Risks - Prevent Falls

Adults living with dementia fall four times per year on average — nearly twice as often as those without dementia. These falls often happen in memory care communities when a resident tries to move without help from a wheelchair to a chair or bed or from a sitting to a standing position. When residents are …

Why are those living with dementia at a higher risk for falling?

Help Elderly Stand

People who are living with dementia have a greater risk of falling because they are more likely to experience problems with mobility, balance, and muscle weakness. The following are just a few of the contributing factors which also lead to falls: Limited capacity for new learning Don’t understand why they had a previous fall, so …

Falls May Rise as Assisted Living Residents Begin To Socialize

Fall Prevention with Activity

Assisted living residents have been isolated in their bedrooms, stopped participating in group activities, and have halted all visitation and outings off-campus due to COVID-19 restrictions. This lack of physical activity means residents’ muscles have likely weakened, which could potentially lead to a spike in falls as residents become more active as restrictions begin to …

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 …