Falls Prevention

Death rate from falls increases 31% over 9 years

Death rate from falls increases 31% over 9 years

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The death rate from falls among adults aged 65 or more years increased 31% from 2007 to 2016, according to newly published federal data. And it's growing the fastest among those aged 85 or more years.

Top 10 safety and security considerations when designing a senior living community

Top 10 safety and security considerations when designing a senior living community

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Giving attention to the safety and security of your senior living community will have a powerful, positive effect on resident satisfaction.

Task force confirms exercise as a falls prevention strategy

Task force confirms exercise as a falls prevention strategy

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Exercise or physical therapy, but not necessarily vitamin D, can help prevent falls in older adults, according to new recommendations issued Tuesday by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Dementia, affordable housing advocates cheer spending bill provisions

Dementia, affordable housing advocates cheer spending bill provisions

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Supporters of Alzheimer's disease-related health promotion, dementia research, falls prevention and affordable housing are cheering provisions contained in a $1.3 trillion, 2,232-page fiscal year 2018 spending bill released Wednesday evening.

Bad roads and resident falls: what's the holdup?

Bad roads and resident falls: what's the holdup?

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We should have made more progress on falls among the elderly by now, yet this problem not only persists, it may be getting worse.

Nonfatal falls in residential settings account for $29.2 billion in healthcare spending: analysis

Nonfatal falls in residential settings account for $29.2 billion in healthcare spending: analysis

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Nonfatal falls in assisted living and other residential facilities and home health settings are responsible for the highest dollar amount of healthcare spending for such falls compared with other settings, according to a new analysis.

CDC data show how small, large assisted living communities differ

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A data brief published Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics sheds light on the differences between smaller and larger assisted living communities regarding the types of ADL assistance residents need, health conditions they have, payment source and more.

Bits and Bytes, February 2018

Gadgets that help prevent injuries were more prevalent than ever at CES 2018.

Late resident's family sues community where she fell and burned in the sun

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A Florida senior living community is being sued by the adult children of a late resident who allege that her death came after she fell off her scooter in the community's courtyard and was burned by the sun when she wasn't found for several hours.

Community cited for neglect after resident's fall not discovered for 10 hours

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The operators of a Minnesota assisted living and memory care community say they took "swift and immediate action" after a resident's fall reportedly went undetected for 10 hours and she later died.

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

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A truckload of charity

Gainesville, FL 

The Village at Gainesville recently donated a truckload of used appliances from its residences to the Bread of the Mighty Food Bank.

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