Current Risk and Programming for Falls in Your Community

Falls remain one of the most catastrophic causes of injuries amongst seniors today. Click HERE for the most up-to-date statistics on falls.

In order to understand the effect that Safe Balance can have on enhancing the safety of your residents, risk management programming,
and standing within the geriatric community, we invite you to consider these 5 questions.

  1. The #1 fear for seniors and their families is falls and fall related injuries. How does your fall prevention program stand out above your competition?
    • When considering placement in a new living environment following a hospitalization or rehabilitation admission, residents want to know that their risk is reduced or almost completely mitigate. When choosing a senior community, is your fall prevention program marketable?

  2. In the event of a lawsuit following a fall, do you have a policy in place that is evidence-based, proven effective, preventative in nature, and utilized at a significant frequency to show your proactive approach to a jury/judge?
    • Many fall prevention programs are put in to place upon the admission of the resident, or the senior community relies on the awareness of a contracted therapy company to perform preventative screenings. Trends, statistics, and most importantly judgements show that this method is ineffective and unsubstantiated as evidence by greater number of incidents and higher judgement/settlement amounts. The report generated by SAFE BALANCE acts as evidence to showcase a proactive approach to offsetting this risk complete with documented education for the resident and evidence-based recommendations for restoration based on results. This report, not otherwise available with fall prevention policies, will act as a significant assistive point for your community in the event of a lawsuit.

  3. In the healthcare field, the balance and fall prevention are considered expert services under both physical and occupational therapy. Is your program run and supported by therapy services?
    • Most fall prevention programs are enacted by nurses who while competent in fall prevention lack the appropriate training for identifying/analyzing fall risk, balance impairments and facilitating a restorative path to maximum independence. When presented with a lawsuit, this is an increasingly exposed weakness in fall prevention programs.

  4. The average reported length of stay in a senior living community is 22 months. With census competition and the importance of preventing move-out rates, how proactive is your community in addressing the rapid increase in fall risk throughout the year? Can your fall-prevention program increase your community’s average length of stay?
    • A 250-bed facility at 80% can increase revenue by $1.5M with the extension of LOS by 1 month! Imagine if you could increase LOS by 3 or even 5! However, the same effect acts detrimentally if your average LOS decreases by a month or 3. Proactive and high-frequency balance testing and clinical fall prevention services are keys to achieving a positive result!

  5. Most (if any) senior communities contract with therapy providers. However, these providers generate business primarily on referrals FOLLOWING and injury and are less likely to be proactive in preventative care. Using a 3rd party to enhance the referral process to these providers has shown to be a very effective model in keeping residents safe. Do you have a 3rd party, non-affiliated service that can provide this service and eliminate conflict of interest/self-referral laws?
    • Therapy companies may state to you that they have the same capability as SAFE BALANCE. This simply is not true as laws scrutinize a therapy company’s efforts to generate self-referrals. Safe Balance maintains the exclusive license for technology that is unable to be replicated by these providers. Additionally, SAFE BALANCE has made concrete partnerships with several of the nation’s largest therapy providers as our company significantly enhances their services! By utilizing our screening report method, we can identify the presence of a risk and refer on to the therapy company or department to restore the resident back to maximum independence without the murkiness of the self-referral claims.