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?

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?

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 …

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 …