I can still remember it clearly when the phone rang and a serious voice on the other end of the line told me what happened. My loved one fell and, luckily, didn't break any bones.
You have to hand it to the folks at the National Council on Aging, and their affiliated partners. They really know how to tastefully make light of a harrowing situation.
Family members need to know what to expect when their loved one enters a nursing home: Falls may happen, medications may change, and a private room may not be an option.
Feel like you need to renovate your building to boost resident satisfaction? Here's a tip: Make sure your staff knows the names of all the residents first. And black toilets might not hurt, either.
$37 million settlement makes Dignity the latest large hospital system to pay out for observation stay charges ... Vibrating insoles could reduce falls among seniors ... Audit shows 11,000 unresolved nursing home complaints in CA
If a nurse's aide is in a room when a resident begins to fall, and lowers her to the ground, we are NOT counting those on our count for falls. Are we correct?
Long-term care operators have many good reasons to keep resident falls to an absolute minimum. Yet it's amazing how blasé we've become about the damage that falls inflict.
Resident falls continue to present the greatest risk of lawsuits to skilled nursing facilities and other long-term care providers, according to a recently released report from insurance company CNA.
Many providers never get the chance to reduce pressure ulcers and resident falls while also meeting quality improvement goals. Attendees at McKnight's Oct. 29 webinar, however, will hear first hand how one continuing care retirement community did, and learn how they can do it too. The free event begins at 1 p.m. (Eastern Time).
Falls may cause post-traumatic stress in seniors, study finds ... Government issues new model notices of HIPAA privacy practices for providers to use ... Switch to ICD-10 could make it difficult to track patient safety trends
According to the American Geriatrics Society, one in three adults over the age of 65 falls each year. Falls represent the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries among older adults. You might be surprised to hear some of the contributing factors of falls and the psychology behind them. I also have advice on ways residents and staff can reduce the likelihood of falls.
MRSA drug gains approval through govt's rapid process ... Kindred blasts Gentiva over 'poison pill' ... Improved vision increases seniors' fall risk? ... Observation stays for falls increase in WA
Women transition from nursing home to community less often ... Readmission to a different hospital increases death risk ... Deep brain stimulation fends off Alzheimer's? ... Cataract surgery reduces falls
ECRI Institute has created a list called the Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations.
An expert panel convened by federal regulators has offered recommendations for functional status quality measures in skilled nursing facilities. Released Friday was a summary of the experts' advice to create a functional status quality measure in SNFs, as well as inpatient rehabilitation facilities and long-term care hospitals.
Even if they do not hit the ground from a great height, elderly people who seek hospital care for a fall commonly go on to a skilled nursing facility, according to a recently published study. These seniors also have a greater risk of returning to the hospital and have a significantly elevated risk of dying, the researchers found.
An Iowa skilled nursing facility has been charged with wrongful death for allegedly allowing a resident to fall dozens of times prior to her death, which was brought on by a fall.
Long-term care residents frequently hit their heads when they fall, suggesting that care providers should develop interventions to reduce the risk of fall-related brain injuries, according to newly published research.
If you are a caregiver, you know how important it is to prevent falls. But when someone falls, I am on a mission to make sure he or she can get back up again.
Employers often use correspondence bias when hiring, with potentially negative results, a study has found.
Four universal challenges at survey time will be the focal points of the next McKnight's Super Tuesday webcast. The one-hour live webcast will offer practical strategies providers can use concerning falls, incontinence, pressure ulcers and unintended weight loss. The lead presenter will be Leah Klusch, executive director of the Alliance Training Center, and no-cost CE credit will be available.
Even at the nation's best nursing facilities, residents are susceptible to four universal challenges: falls, incontinence, pressure ulcers and unintended weight loss. This McKnight's one-hour live webcast on July 16 will examine why this fearsome foursome is especially challenging, and offer practical strategies providers can use. The lead presenter will be Leah Klusch, executive director of the Alliance Training Center, and no-cost CE credit will be available.
Two research organizations are teaming up for a major study to reduce the number of fall-related injuries among seniors. Provider input is requested.
The occupancy rate for nursing homes was steady at 82% between 2000 and 2011, according to the most recent national health report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number of Medicare-certified SNFs increased between 2000 and 2010.
What is the Morse Fall Scale, and how it is different from others? Nursing fall-risk assessment, diagnoses and interventions are based on use of the Morse Fall Scale. The MFS requires systematic, reliable assessment of a patient's fall risk factors upon admission and upon falls, change in status and discharge or transfer to a new setting.
Nursing home residents who fall on dual-stiffness flooring may be less prone to fractures, according to a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association.
The National Quality Forum (NQF) Board of Directors recently endorsed 12 patient safety measures with a focus on complications. The measures address pressure ulcers, falls, healthcare-associated infections and a range of quality concerns.
The National Quality Forum (NQF) Board of Directors endorsed new patient safety points of emphasis, including several directly related to long-term care, this week. The new measures came in the third installment from the NQF's patient safety endorsement project this year.
As a result of rising medical costs and an increasing number of patients with chronic conditions, many senior living facilities are seeking wireless monitoring solutions for managing patients' health in addition to life-safety. For all patients or residents, any change or decline in their condition needs to be detected as quickly as possible to allow for early intervention.
The U.S. Senate has passed a resolution intended to raise awareness for fall-prevention practices for the elderly.