The Lutheran Nursing Home in Chicago, Illinois, a non-profit Senior Living Community, began utilizing the Accora FloorBed in an effort to mitigate and drive down the percentage of falls in their residents. They had an average of 23 falls amongst their residents resulting in 2 notable injuries and of those, 7 falls were directly from the bed. It was a problem that needed addressing. Risk was further established by analyzing fall data for the selected residents over a four month period.
Factually, on average, in 2019, Between 50% and 75% of nursing facility residents fall each year. This is twice the chance of falling if a senior lives within the community. Meaning in a typical year, a nursing home with 100 residents reports about 100-200 falls (Source: Nursing Home Abuse Center). Additionally, in a recent study, ‘Lowest Heights of Floor Level Beds: Fall Velocity and Impact Force Analysis and Resulting Injuries’, by Dr. George Zaphir, Dr. Zaphir measured the velocity of falls from increasing heights, thereby equating that more severe injuries are incurred further when the height is increased from the baseline.
‘The results were great, much better than expected. I knew the bed was going to be appropriate and a great product, I just didn’t realise how much a fall saving it would be. The staff really feel the bed keeps the residents safe’ – Lori Nolden, Director of Nursing
‘The bed helps us deliver the highest quality of care. This will be another commonly used tool that our team would use when addressing falls’ – Andrew Kazmierczak, Executive Director
Staff then conducted a six-month trial to assess and evaluate whether the use of a floor level bed would lead to a reduction of falls in their nursing home, having chosen the Accora FloorBed and the functionality it offered as an essential component for fall prevention.
The bed has an automatic safety stop at 7 inches from the floor before going into the floor level mode which takes the mattress platform to 2.8 inches. Additionally, there is a handset which can also be locked out to prevent inadvertent or misuse of the bed which offers further safety measures.
The average evaluation period for the residents utilizing the Accora FloorBed was 12 weeks (range 4-17 weeks).