As we age, physical changes and health conditions make falls more likely. In fact, falls are a leading cause of injury among older adults. And adults living with dementia fall at least four times per year — twice as often as adults without dementia. But fall prevention interventions, like those outlined below, can reduce the risk of fall events and help keep memory care residents safe.
We know that care providers have limited time to offer effective training programs. We also know that 78% of falls occur between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. and the most common location for fall events is by the bed. So, we analyzed 9,000 falls and developed these quick-to-train tactics, empowering care providers to in-service staff in a short amount of time and help reduce the risk of unwitnessed falls by the bedside.
It’s our pleasure to introduce you to Isabelle Fabrie, February’s Fall Champion Hero. For the last eleven years, Isabelle has been a Cottage Coordinator at Highgate at Prescott Lakes in Prescott, Arizona. It’s an impressive tenure, made even more admirable by her unwavering dedication to fall prevention and strong affection for every resident in her care.
For February’s webinar, Reinvigorating Resident Engagement: New Ideas to Increase Inclusion and Reduce Fall Risk, we’ll be joined by Kelly Stranburg and Sara Kyle of LE3 Solutions. Kelly and Sara have over thirty years of combined experience in senior care and now develop programming dedicated to bringing joy, passion, and vitality to each individual resident experience. You can register for the webinar here.
We’re proud to introduce Sook Jung, this month’s Fall Champion Hero and a Caregiver in the Garden House at Merrill Gardens Santa Maria. While Sook has only been in her position for a year, she’s already making a huge impact in her community and was called one of the team’s “most important and improved staff members” by Gary King, Garden House Director and Sook’s nominator.
In our January National Fall Huddle we’ll examine ways to improve and advance critical fall management programs while faced with resource limitations. We’ll explore free tools that help staff be more efficient and effective, both elevating quality of care and easing staff burden. And we’ll review case studies, providing fall prevention best practices you can implement immediately to make an impact in your communities and facilities.