Seven seniors are projected to die every hour in the U.S. as a result of falls by 2030, according to the CDC. The growing Baby Boomer population over the next few decades, combined with severe staffing shortages, make this grim statistic likely – but not inevitable.
Reversing this projection requires new ideas and collaboration from everyone involved.
Research shows that environmental modification is already among the most effective ways to reduce falls. Focusing on this modality can make an even greater impact on the health of residents in senior care communities and those who support them.
Whether you’re designing a new senior community or remodeling an old one, industry leaders included in this whitepaper offer insight into ways you can use design to reduce falls.
Emilia is an occupational therapist and owner of Higher Standards Caregiver Training. She offers caregiver training to create Continuous Care Quality Improvement programs and provides best-in-class senior care.
Candy has spent 30 years as a long term care nurse and director of nursing in the senior care space. She’s been a corporate nurse consultant, worked in MDS care planning and reimbursement and today is semi-retired while still working PRN.
Nicole Watson, BSW, RN, WCC has been in healthcare over 22 years, with over 8 in leadership nursing roles. Her passion for wounds and fall reduction, has helped lead her teams to improved initiatives, quality measures and overall star ratings in Long Term Care.
Betty Bogue, owner of Prevent, Inc. is on a mission to reduce workers compensation cost and improve patient and resident clinical outcomes. Her "Get A Lift!"® Program is a nationally recognized safe patient handling program that has been implemented in over 400 health care facilities nationwide, reducing the number and cost of employee lift transfer related injuries by over 90 percent.
Michellle Grandy is campus director and administrator of Pisgah Manor Heath Care Center with Liberty Healthcare and Rehabilitation Services in Cander, North Carolina, where she has worked since 2000. She began there at age 13 as a candy striper and eventually joined as a social worker and then administrator.
Blima is founder and CEO of The Designers Group, which has designed over 100 senior care facilities. Key to her design preparation in the healthcare space is bringing clinical staff to the table.
Avigail is founder and principal designer of AE Design Group, a full service boutique design firm that specializes in the hospitality, commercial, healthcare and multi-family sectors.
Shifra is founder and CEO of Act2 Interiors with two decades of experience and hundreds of healthcare projects completed.