Senior falls are robbing them of their lifestyles. Senior falls continue to rob them of their lives! Now is time not only to be aware of this challenge, but it is time to change things for the better. A senior living alone lays on the floor an average of EIGHTEEN HOURS before they receive help. The length of time they will lie alone is impacting their health in so many ways, therefore Electronic Caregiver was created.
One in every three seniors fall!
For people ages 65 and older, senior falls are the number 1 cause of accidental death. It is also the number 1 cause of brain injury. It is the number 1 cause of their loss of independence. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 1 in 3 adults over 65 will be falling in the United States this year. This will result in 2.5 million emergency room visits. And this country will see 700,000 hospitalizations. Family members and seniors may not realize that falls can be predicted and prevented. According to Learn Not to Fallwebsite, those who fall will be two to three times more likely to fall again. About half (53%) of the older adults who are discharged for fall-related hip fractures will experience another fall with in six months. Falls are the leading cause of death due to injury among the elderly. Falls also cause 87% of all their fractures.
Hospital admissions increase with falls
Falls account for 25% of all hospital admissions, and 40% of all nursing home admissions. Forty percent of those admitted do not return to independent living. And sadly, 25% die within a year. Many falls do not result in injuries, yet a large percentage of non-injured fallers (47%) cannot get up without assistance wherein a medical alert system makes total sense. For the elderly who fall and are unable to get up on their own, the period of time spent immobile affects their health. Muscle breakdown will begin to occur within 30-60 minutes. Dehydration, pressure sores, hypothermia, and pneumonia are other complications that we see resulting from not being able to get up. However, getting help after an immobilizing fall improves the chance of survival by 80%. And it also increases the likelihood of a return to independent living!
Doing something about senior falls
Electronic Caregiver is partnering with New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico, conducting a nationwide research study of adults 65 and older. The team is using data to predict the risk of future falls. After their free testing, seniors receive their personal data concerning how their fall risk. “We’re happy to bring this exciting service to seniors and help raise awareness among them, their healthcare providers and their families. Educating people in our community about the dangers of falls can help prevent serious injuries in the future. It gives seniors confidence in taking control of their health,” said Melita Miller, director of Forrest General Home Care and Hospice at a mobile lab event in Mississippi.
How we're doing something about it
Every year the technical team of ECG is providing free fall risk screenings. Seniors are being assessed by world-class experts using non-invasive technology. The pressure walkway contains 11,000 sensors and detects walk characteristics. In that, seniors are getting an education about their own risks of falling. In approximately 15-20 minutes, a free report is provided to participants demonstrating their fall risk score. The report includes an explanation of deficits which can lead to pain, injury and catastrophic senior falls. It also provides tips on how to prevent a fall. Therefore, we are encouraging seniors to share these with their physicians. Additionally, each participant is receiving a free home safety handbook to further improve home safety, and prevent falls.
What other company is doing this?
The simple answer to that question is none. Electronic Caregiver is invested, involved, and providing help. We are even helping seniors who don't purchase our services! We want to make a huge positive impact upon the senior's world by drastically reducing senior falls. We want to reduce the time a senior waits for intervention when they have fallen. It's what we're passionate about. It's what we do. We save the lives other systems can't!