In the News: Caregivers' interventions can prevent falls

Seniorlink research conducted by Jay V. Patel, Seniorlink's Clinical Transformation Officer, was featured in the American Society on Aging's publication, Aging Today. The article focuses on Seniorlink's results from the Falls Risk Management Program (FMP). When seniors choose to age at home, falls become much more hazardous as well as common. FMP was designed to reduce the rate of falls in the home to prevent costly hospitalization.

Via Aging Today:

"Managing Falls Risk As part of its FMP, Seniorlink evaluates care recipients for fall risk, and trains caregivers to prevent falls. Jay V. Patel, Seniorlink’s Clinical Transformation Officer, is entrusted with ensuring the company maintains high clinical quality and a focus on person-centered care, he told Aging Today in a recent conversation about the FMP. Patel says Seniorlink knew falls were a huge problem, and when they analyzed their population and realized 13 percent end up in the emergency room after a fall, they knew how much better that number could be with a prevention program. The FMP showed a 50 percent reduction in the falls rate for care recipients over the past two years. Generally, 25 percent of people older than age 65 experience one fall per year, and every 11 seconds, someone older than age 65 ends up in the emergency room being treated for injuries sustained in a fall. As part of the FMP, Seniorlink Care managers ask four questions (a Falls Quick Screen) of caregivers; this enables them to place care recipients in four categories of fall risk. Concentrating on the “high risk of fall” and “high risk of injury” categories, care managers assess what makes this person unique and create a personalized care plan to help the caregiver prevent falls.

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When the Seniorlink falls reduction analysis began in 2013, the company invested time and energy to coach care teams about what to look for on a fall, how to coach caregivers and how to document outcomes. At first, the falls rate increased as care managers began to document each instance of a fall, but as more caregivers were coached, the rate has been steadily declining (Seniorlink continues to track the rate). The original analysis evaluated 2,460 care recipients. “Seniorlink is committed to improving falls and outcomes,” says Patel. “Just one example is by using technology solutions like Vela, which encourages collaboration with multiple people. We know we can improve outcomes by improving caregivers’ collaboration with the extended care team involved in delivering high quality care.”"

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