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While the changing leaves and crisp air of autumn may evoke feelings of nostalgia and coziness for many, older adults face a different set of concerns year-round. Falls are a leading cause of injury among seniors, and the risk of falls increases as we age. That’s why fall reduction in senior housing environments is of the utmost importance. In this blog, we will explore the top benefits of implementing fall reduction measures in senior living communities.
Enhanced Safety and Well-Being
One of the primary benefits of fall reduction in senior living environments is the enhancement of safety and overall well-being among residents. By implementing measures such as handrails, non-slip flooring, and adequate lighting, senior living communities can significantly reduce the risk of falls. According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), making simple modifications to the environment can reduce falls by 35% or more.
Improved Quality of Life
Fall reduction measures not only prevent injuries but also contribute to an improved quality of life for senior residents. When seniors feel safe and confident in their environment, they are more likely to engage in physical activities, socialize with peers, and maintain their independence. A study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that fall reduction interventions led to a significant improvement in the participants’ quality of life.
Reduced Healthcare Costs
Fall-related injuries can result in costly hospitalizations. Fall reduction measures can help decrease these healthcare costs significantly. The Centers for Disease Control and Reduction (CDC) reports that the average hospital cost for a fall injury among older adults is over $30,000. By investing in fall reduction strategies, senior living communities can save both residents and themselves from substantial financial burdens.
Increased Resident Satisfaction
When senior living communities prioritize the safety and well-being of their residents, it leads to increased satisfaction among the residents and their families. Knowing that their loved ones are in a secure environment where fall reduction is a priority can bring peace of mind to family members. A satisfied resident is more likely to recommend the community to others, which can positively impact the community’s reputation and occupancy rates.
Fall reduction measures are not only a matter of choice but also a legal requirement for senior living communities. Compliance with state and federal regulations related to resident safety is essential to avoid penalties and legal liabilities. Implementing our robust fall reduction program and maintaining a safe environment ensures that senior living communities meet these compliance standards.
1) National Council on Aging (NCOA). (n.d.). Falls Reduction Facts. https://www.ncoa.org/article/falls-reduction-facts/
2) Sherrington, C., et al. (2016). Exercise to Prevent Falls in Older Adults: An Updated Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 64(1), 12-24. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27707740/
3) Centers for Disease Control and Reduction (CDC). (n.d.). Costs of Falls Among Older Adults. https://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/fallcost.html
Fall reduction in senior living environments is essential for the safety, well-being, and overall satisfaction of residents. By prioritizing fall reduction measures, senior living communities can enhance safety, improve residents’ quality of life, reduce healthcare costs, and ensure regulatory compliance.
“Through our team’s evidence-based fall reduction programming, we work to maximize community education through resident evaluation and treatment at the time of move-in to prevent falls before they occur,” stated Emily Eckhardt, Wellness Programming Specialist at EmpowerMe Wellness.
The benefits of fall reduction extend beyond physical safety, creating an environment where seniors can age gracefully and enjoy their lives to the fullest.