Tag: Falls prevention

Ask the expert: Why is it recommended that facilities remove alarms in phases, rather than cold turkey?

Listen in on Tuesday, November 14 as HCPro’s post-acute care regulatory specialist Stefanie Corbett, DHA dives into how to make the transition to an alarm-free facility without compromising resident safety, including how to utilize your QAPI programs to understand root causes for falls, regulatory guidance, and how to achieve culture change through alarm elimination. Click here to […]

USPSTF removes recommendation for falls prevention based on new evidence

Studies show that in 2014, approximately 2.8 million older adults sought treatment in emergency departments for falls; roughly 800,000 older adults who experienced a fall were hospitalized; and more than 27,000 older adults die as a result of a fall. Based on evidence from 62 trials, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently shared […]

Post-fall assessments found to be inadequate for predicting future fall risk, according to study

In a study of 52 long-term care facilities located in Nova Scotia, Canada, researchers found that their post-fall assessments (PFAs) were not effective in determining residents’ future fall risk due to their administrative nature and lack of evidence-based documentation. The study was published in the Annals of Long-Term Care: Clinical Care and Aging. Nearly all […]

Evidence-based strategies for transitioning to an alarm-free facility

Editorial note: This post is an excerpt taken from an article published in the July issue of PPS Alert for Long-Term Care, the industry’s leading resource dedicated to helping long-term care professionals navigate through continual shifts in regulatory compliance, the MDS and PPS processes, and keeping you up to date on industry news. Interested in […]

New device for preventing falls in seniors

B-Shoe Technologies based in Haifa, Israel is currently working on a product that, if successful, is expected to reduce falls in seniors: A shoe that can sense and automatically correct imbalance in every step. The model uses a system similar to a mini treadmill, coupled with a pressure sensor, a microprocessor, a motion device, and […]

New fall prevention device: Air bag belt for seniors

The company responsible for creating a new air bag smart belt, a product currently in development, has now raised enough money to move the device to the next phase: Commercialization. Dr. Robert Buckman, co-founder of the company ActiveProtective, is the inventor behind this new device. Buckman’s smart belt, which could help reduce the Centers for […]

Data says nearly 30 percent of older adults reported falling in 2014

On September 23, 2016 the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) published their findings after analyzing data from the 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey. The data found that 28.7% of older adults 65 or older reported falling (a percentage that translates to 29 million falls). Of the estimated 29 million, 7 million resulted […]