COVID-19 Lowering Occupancy in Skilled Nursing Facilities More Than Independent Senior Living Properties

COVID-19

Occupancy rates have been declining in the senior housing sector since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Facilities providing higher levels of care are being hit harder than independent living properties, according to two recent reports by The National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care and Ziegler. NIC Report The highest-acuity facilities, those which …

Gain Greater Insights and Improve Your Fall Huddle Program

July 2020 Webinar - Fall Huddle

We’re calling all Fall Prevention Champions to join us for a brief educational session to improve your fall huddle program followed by a Q&A with our fall experts. During the session, SafelyYou’s expert panel will discuss the critical topic of post-fall huddles. This important exercise is essential in helping to reduce repeat falls and improving …

COVID-19 Causes Occupancy Challenges for Senior Housing

Senior Housing

As states begin to reopen, the senior housing sector is dealing with its share of challenges and adapting to a new normal. An interesting research report, “Beyond the Global Health Crisis,” from Marcus & Millichap Research Services takes a closer look at the numerous changes senior housing providers are making to manage the pandemic as …

Alzheimer’s Statistics: 2020 Facts and Figures

Alzheimer's Statistics

In conjunction with Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, I want to share some highlights from the latest Facts and Figures report released by the Alzheimer’s Association®. The report provides an annual look at the latest national Alzheimer’s statistics and information on prevalence, incidence, mortality and morbidity, costs of care, and caregiving, both nationally and state-by-state.   Quick Facts: Alzheimer’s …

Recognizing and Reducing Fall Risk Factors for Various Stages of Alzheimer’s

Reducing Fall Risk Factors for Various Stages of Alzheimer’s

People living with Alzheimer’s are four to five times more likely to fall than older adults who do not have cognitive impairment. However, the risk of falling varies depending on the stage of Alzheimer’s. Since June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, I want to provide a quick overview of the three stages — mild, …

Memory Care Move-In Checklist

Memory Care Bedroom

Moving is never easy and moving a loved one to a memory care community presents its own unique set of challenges. Even though safety is top of mind, it is also important to provide the comforts of home for the resident. The following checklist will help care staff make the move-in experience more manageable and …

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 …

Fall Prevention Exercises: Simple Exercises Can Prevent Falls for People Living with Dementia

Fall Prevention Exercises

Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries among older adults. Fall prevention exercises that focus on balance and strength training can reduce the risk of falling. These fall prevention exercises are especially important for those living with dementia because they fall four times as often as adults without dementia. While they may have difficulty learning new activities, those living with …

Occupational Therapist Q&A: How is video review impacting the traditional fall assessment process?

May Webinar

There has been a staggering 20% increase in falls for residents in memory care communities since social distancing and shelter and place orders went into effect. Depending on the specific restrictions in place around the country, many occupational therapists and other health care providers are not able to enter assisted living or memory care communities. …

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

medication

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. …