Falls Prevention

First-responder collaboration can reduce unnecessary trips to the hospital after falls

First-responder collaboration can reduce unnecessary trips to the hospital after falls

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When a resident falls, the default response at many assisted living communities is an ambulance ride to the nearest emergency department. This practice can be time-consuming, costly and stressful to the victim.

Before the fall

Before the fall

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Smart practices and high-tech solutions help minimize the risks.

Location, timing of falls 'counterintuitive,' researcher says

Location, timing of falls 'counterintuitive,' researcher says

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If Wednesday's flip of the calendar to November had you worried about residents' increased falls risk associated with walking outdoors in winter months, preliminary results of a study suggest that your concern is misplaced.

Stanley Healthcare portfolio now includes Foresite Eldercare

The Foresite Eldercare predictive fall safety and health monitoring solution has become a Stanley Healthcare portfolio solution. Also, Stanley's Arial Wireless Emergency Call solution has received certification to the UL 1069 standard.

Study finds relationship between falls, car crashes in older adults

Study finds relationship between falls, car crashes in older adults

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Older adults who have fallen are 40% more likely to crash their cars than those who have not fallen, according to a new review of 15 studies of driving behavior involving almost 47,000 older adults.

Fall death rate increasing 4.9% annually

Fall death rate increasing 4.9% annually

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The death rate from unintentional falls for adults aged 65 or more years has been increasing an average of 4.9% per year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Maplewood tests technology to improve residents' lives, outcomes

Maplewood tests technology to improve residents' lives, outcomes

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Maplewood Senior Living has launched a new center with the goals of increasing resident independence, better managing health and wellness, broadening social connectedness and improving safety and quality of life through innovation.

Polypharmacy could increase risk of falls, other problems

Polypharmacy could increase risk of falls, other problems

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Older adults who take several medications are at a higher risk for falls, among other health complications, a recently published study finds.

Falls associated with higher rate of adverse events than previously thought

Falls associated with higher rate of adverse events than previously thought

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Newly published research offers a reason for more urgency for the prevention of falls in senior living residents and other older adults.

You'll never find a better investment opportunity than this

You'll never find a better investment opportunity than this

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An event happening next week is worthy of your most valuable asset — your time.

Light system, shoe insert win falls prevention contest

Light system, shoe insert win falls prevention contest

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An automated light system and a shoe insert won top prizes at a recent event designed to find new ways to prevent falls among older adults.

McKnight's Senior Living's Online Expo is next week

McKnight's Senior Living's Online Expo is next week

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McKnight's Senior Living's inaugural online expo will be next Tuesday, June 20. The event will include three webinars and a virtual trade show. Those who attend the free event can earn up to three continuing education credits.

Staffing, dementia, falls prevention are webinar topics for Expo 2017

Staffing, dementia, falls prevention are webinar topics for Expo 2017

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Dementia, falls prevention and staffing will be the topics of three separate webinars during the McKnight's Senior Living Expo 2017 on June 20. Participants in the free event can earn up to three continuing education credits.

More news for Thursday, June 1

Mobility aids may increase fall risk for those with dementia ... Handwashing: Cool water as effective as hot for removing germs ... Infection with seasonal flu may increase risk of developing Parkinson's disease ... Cash-strapped seniors turn to assisted living centers in Mexico

Earn three CE credits from your desk at McKnight's Senior Living's Expo 2017

Earn three CE credits from your desk at McKnight's Senior Living's Expo 2017

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Senior living professionals will have the opportunity to earn three continuing education credits from their desktop computers or online devices June 20 at McKnight's Senior Living's Expo 2017.

Daughter awarded $300,000 after mother dies following fall at assisted living community

Daughter awarded $300,000 after mother dies following fall at assisted living community

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A Virginia assisted living community has been ordered to pay $300,000 to the daughter of a resident who died after falling there.

Addressing foot pain may help prevent falls, hospitalizations

Addressing foot pain may help prevent falls, hospitalizations

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Addressing foot pain in older adults may lead to significantly fewer falls and hospitalizations as well as the maintenance of independence, suggests newly published research from the Hebrew SeniorLife Institute for Aging Research.

More news for Monday, May 1

Mainscape founder secretly assisted feds with American Senior Communities probe ... First U.S. 'Dementia Village' recreates a happier time ... Baltimore jury awards $2 million in senior housing slip and fall ... To learn to care for elderly, students move into retirement home ... High schooler interest in CNA program is growing

Daughter seeks $1.5 million in death of mother after fall at assisted living community

Daughter seeks $1.5 million in death of mother after fall at assisted living community

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A jury trial is set to begin Monday in a case brought by a woman whose mother died after a fall in the Virginia assisted living community where she lived.

More news for Tuesday, April 25

The disabled and the elderly are facing a big problem: Not enough aides ... Ohio short on nursing home, assisted living inspectors ... Sexual abuse in Missouri nursing homes and care facilities ... The tension between promoting mobility and preventing falls ... Baby boomers slip to 74.1 million in U.S.; Census Bureau estimates growing edge for millennials ... After the death of a friend, healing in a human social network

Falls prevention may be aided by virtual reality in the future

Falls prevention may be aided by virtual reality in the future

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Virtual reality one day might be used widely to help train older adults to improve their balance while walking and help healthcare professionals diagnose balance impairments to prevent falls, suggests a new study.

More news for Tuesday, Feb. 28

Sens. Collins, McCaskill urge Senate Banking Committee to consider Senior$afe Act of 2017 ... Alzheimer's drug prescribed "off-label" for mild cognitive impairment could pose risk for some ... Digital toolkit aims to prevent falls among the elderly ... Men with higher cognitive ability better at taking heart medication

Reaction time important in falls prevention: research

Reaction time important in falls prevention: research

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Whether older adults who lose their balance can recover it and avoid falling depends not only on their lower limb strength and perception of where their limbs are but also on their reaction times, according to results of new research.

More news for Monday, Nov. 7

Squirrel attacks three at Florida senior living community ... 108-year-old assisted living resident celebrates Chicago Cubs' World Series win ... Falls leading cause of elder injuries in Massachusetts ... Cigarette + oxygen tubing therapy leads to death at assisted living community

Sept. 22 is Falls Prevention Awareness Day

Sept. 22 is Falls Prevention Awareness Day

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"Ready, Steady, Balance: Prevent Falls in 2016" is the theme of this year's Falls Prevention Awareness Day, Sept. 22.

Sensors help predict falls up to 3 weeks in advance

Sensors help predict falls up to 3 weeks in advance

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Sensors that measure gait speed and stride length help predict the likelihood that an older adult will fall up to three weeks in advance, according to University of Missouri researchers who are testing the technology.

Why and how best to clean senior living community carpets

Why and how best to clean senior living community carpets

Carpet has many benefits, but it must be maintained properly to be effective.

Falls, fractures could be reduced with coordinated care, medication review: study

Falls, fractures could be reduced with coordinated care, medication review: study

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Better coordinated care, including a review of medications, could lower the risk of falls and fractures in older adults who already have experienced fractures, according to a commentary published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Virtual technology could offer real solutions for clinical, social challenges

Virtual technology could offer real solutions for clinical, social challenges

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Senior living communities soon may be using virtual reality technology on a regular basis to help residents cross items off their bucket lists, engage with fellow residents and address physical issues.

Fall-related deaths decrease, CDC says

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Deaths from falls decreased among older adults in the United States in the first quarter of this year compared with the same quarter last year, according to preliminary data released Tuesday by the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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