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How to use the Smart Caregiver fall monitors for risk assessment:

Only Smart Caregiver offers a patented Caregiver Key! Why are we excited about this? 

Using a Caregiver Key allows only the caregiver to silence the alert. Not only does it prevent resident tampering, it allows a caregiver to properly track how many times a resident attempts to get up without assistance.

The assigned caregiver controls the alarm. When the alarm sounds, the caregiver holding the key will go to the aid of the resident and silence the alert. By the end of a shift, the assigned caregiver can more accurately assess the level of risk by how many times the resident attempted to get up without assistance. Simple tool, significant solution!

 

We recently read an article titled: Hospitals look to reduce dangers of 'alarm fatigue'

The article can be read in its full length by going to: http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Hospitals-look-to-reduce-danger-of-alarm-fatigue-4918018.php

This article made us want to point out specific reasons we have partnered with Smart Caregiver for their fall prevention products.

Smart Caregiver has listened and produced products that would help minimize unnecessary alarms while still keeping residents safe from falls. They don't stop there, they also produce alarms that can be worn by the caregiver, instead of hearing an alarm go off in a room for minutes on end before someone gets to them, a low cost pager can be worn on their hip, or an alarm can be placed on a counter top or mounted on a wall closer to a caregiver, they even have flashing lights that can be used. We want to keep facilities quiet and most of all, we want to keep residents safe from injuries. These alarm devices are the most effective way to monitor someone at risk of falls and wandering, without having to watch their every move twenty-four hours a day. If we work together, we can fit the caregiver and the resident with a system they both will be comfortable with.   

 

A message from our Val-U-Care staff:

We are so excited for the launch of the new Val-U-Care website! We appreciate your patience with us while we continue to work on the layout and organization of our fall prevention products in a way that is easy for our customers to navigate. We are always open to suggestions, please contact us toll free at 888-622-3304 or email us at sales@val-u-care.com

Bed Alarms by Val-U-Care; offering fall alarms for seniors, the elderly, sleep walkers, and any one at risk of falls or wandering. Select one of our cordless and wireless options for dementia, Alzheimer's care or rehabilition care. Bed alarms and chair alarms are an affordable way to monitor a resident's movement without having to be by their side constantly; providing more freedom for the caregivers. Look for our quiet, cordless and wireless fall alarm systems on our site! Our products have a 30 day return policy with an exceptional manufacturer warranty period; call for details! All our staff comes with a background in caregiving and so does the owner/enginerr at Smart Caregiver. This is why we sought out to be a preferred distributor of Smart Caregiver products. Our company and theirs truly care about a caregiver's daily duties. We want to supply the public and care facilities with products that keep people safe from falls and injury and also help caregivers rest a little more easily. These products are effective for any type environment or health need, use our catalog of products if you need to know when someone is getting up, exiting or entering an area. Please call us with any questions!

Sincerely,

Val-U-Care Customer Service

 

Facts:

Falls are the leading cause of injury death for older Americans. Falls threaten seniors’ safety and independence and generate enormous economic and personal costs. However, falling is not an inevitable result of aging. Through evidence-based interventions, practical lifestyle adjustments, and community partnerships, the number of falls among seniors can be substantially reduced. The Challenge According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

One-third of Americans aged 65+ falls each year. Every 15 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 29 minutes, an older adult dies following a fall.

Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults. Falls result in more than 2.3 million fall injuries treated in emergency departments annually, including over 650,000 hospitalizations and more than 20,000 deaths. In 2000, the direct medical cost of fatal and nonfatal fall injuries totaled over $19 billion, $28.2 billion in 2010 dollars.

The financial toll for older adult falls is expected to increase as the population ages and may reach $54.9 billion by 2020. Falls with or without injury also carry a heavy quality of life impact.

A growing number of older adults fear falling and, as a result, self-limit activities and social engagements. This can result in further physical decline, depression, social isolation, and feelings of helplessness.

- See more at: http://www.ncoa.org/press-room/fact-sheets/falls-prevention-fact-sheet.html#sthash.v8yKpm1c.dpuf

 

A message from Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, & Injuries Tool Kit

Researchers at CDC’s Injury Center have created this tool kit expressly for you—health care providers who treat older adults who are at risk of falling or who may have fallen in the past.

As a health care provider, you are already aware that falls are a serious threat to the health and well being of your older patients. One out of three people 65 and older falls each year, and over two million are treated in emergency departments annually for fall injuries. You play an important role in caring for older adults and you can help reduce these devastating injuries. The STEADI Tool Kit contains resources and tools that will help make fall prevention an integral part of your clinical practice.

The STEADI Tool Kit is based on a simple algorithm Adobe PDF file (adapted from the American and British Geriatric Societies’ Clinical Practice Guideline). It includes basic information about falls, case studies, conversation starters Adobe PDF file, and standardized gait and balance assessment tests (with instructional videos).  In addition, there are educational handouts about fall prevention specifically designed for patients and their friends and family.

We hope that the STEADI Tool Kit will help you incorporate fall risk assessment and fall prevention into your clinical practice, and enhance your efforts to help older adults stay healthy and independent.