Fall Prevention at your Skilled Nursing Facility: Using Data, Technology, and Remote Care Providers

Curve Health
April 15, 2024
Fall Prevention at your Skilled Nursing Facility: Using Data, Technology, and Remote Care Providers

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Falls among elderly residents in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) can lead to severe injuries and adverse health outcomes. Implementing effective fall mitigation and prevention measures is crucial to ensure the safety and well-being of residents. In this blog post, we explore how data and technology, combined with the support of remote care providers, can be harnessed to develop a comprehensive fall mitigation and prevention program that minimizes risks and fosters the  safest environment possible for all residents.

Falls are alarmingly common in SNFs, affecting a significant number of residents each year. Studies reveal that approximately one in three seniors over the age of 65 living in SNFs will experience a fall at least once during their stay. Moreover, repeat falls are prevalent, with some residents experiencing multiple incidents over time. Recognizing the frequency of falls underscores the urgency of implementing effective fall prevention measures.

Identifying High-Risk Populations and Common Risk Factors

Certain populations within SNFs are particularly vulnerable to falls. Residents with pre-existing medical conditions such as Parkinson's disease, dementia, or a history of falls are at a higher risk. Additionally, age-related declines in balance, mobility, and sensory perception can increase the likelihood of falls.

Environmental hazards within SNFs also contribute significantly to fall risks. Uneven flooring, poor lighting, cluttered hallways, and inadequate handrails are examples of environmental factors that exacerbate the risk of falls.

The Impact of Falls on Residents

The consequences of falls in SNFs are profound, affecting residents, their families, and the healthcare system at large. Falls can result in physical injuries such as fractures, head traumas, and sprains, leading to pain, reduced mobility, and extended recovery periods. The emotional toll on residents can be substantial, causing anxiety, fear of falling again, and a decline in overall well-being.

The Significance of a Proactive Approach to Fall Prevention:

While addressing falls as they occur is crucial, a proactive approach to fall prevention is essential in reducing the number of incidents. By proactively identifying residents at high risk for falls through comprehensive fall risk assessments and leveraging custom data to analyze trends, SNFs can tailor interventions to individual needs.

Implementing preventive strategies such as environmental modifications, assistive technologies, and staff training can effectively mitigate fall risks. A proactive fall prevention program not only enhances resident safety but also promotes a culture of care that prioritizes resident well-being.

Curve Health offers detailed comprehensive analysis and actionable insights to assist clinical leadership in identifying trends and patterns in resident falls, while remote care providers perform real-time evaluation for residents who require timely attention following a fall. 

By analyzing patterns and trends, Curve Health helps SNFs 

  • Take preventive measures as necessary
  • Avoid unnecessary transfers
  • Prevent injuries
  • Comply with standards of care
  • Align with best practices and ultimately placing the focus on patient well-being
  • By complementing existing clinical resources with a dedicated remote care provider 
  • A full patient assessment will be completed by the PCP within 3 days of the fall.
  • Eligibility for evaluations on Curve Health will be determined by SNF leadership in partnership with Curve Health but are typically limited to patients showing signs of change in condition. 
  • The PCP will be notified by Curve immediately following the virtual encounter.

With a focus on improving access to quality, affordable, and compassionate care in an underserved population, Curve Health's Predict data insights, combined with the support of remote care providers, empowers SNFs to more effectively address fall prevention, ensuring a safer and healthier environment for all residents.

Curve Health Benefits 

  • Implementing a proactive fall prevention program can lead to significant cost savings and a positive return on investment (ROI) for SNFs. By reducing fall-related injuries and hospitalizations, SNFs can lower healthcare costs, better maintain a care-in-place model, and improve their overall financial performance.
  • Adhering to regulatory standards and guidelines is essential for SNFs. Leveraging data and technology in fall prevention efforts can help SNFs comply with regulations set forth by governing bodies such as CMS and state health departments. This helps to ensure that SNFs can provide the highest quality care and meet the necessary regulatory requirements.
  • Curve Health's platform allows for the predict data insights and remote care providers to seamlessly integrate with existing systems and workflows within SNFs. This ensures a smooth transition and enhances efficiency and effectiveness in fall prevention initiatives. SNFs can easily incorporate these technologies and workflows into their operations without disrupting their existing processes.

Learn more about how Curve Health's data insight capabilities and remote care providers can transform fall prevention strategies in your skilled nursing facility.

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Fall Prevention at your Skilled Nursing Facility: Using Data, Technology, and Remote Care Providers