Reducing Falls in Memory Care Through Innovative Technologies

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, falls are the primary cause of Alzheimer disease–related hospitalizations, contributing to 26 percent of all hospitalizations in the United States.

Stats like this are hard to ignore and, because of this, Carlton Senior Living was excited to be the first facility to deploy an innovative technology offered by SafelyYou that has resulted in an 80 percent reduction in falls [1].

In 2017, Carlton Senior Living Davis partnered with Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research, an affiliate of UC Berkeley, to test the SafelyYou system to detect falls and prevent future falls within our memory care environment. With about a third of our memory care residents participating, the community as a whole was very enthusiastic to take part in the study and for the potential opportunity to improve care. During the study, motioned-activated cameras were placed in the rooms of the participants and footage from the cameras was reviewed when a fall had been recorded to assess the situation and to evaluate the cause of each fall. Having the opportunity to observe falls that may have otherwise gone unwitnessed offered Carlton associates and the UC Berkeley Research Team an understanding of how and why each fall occurred and allowed for preventative measures to be put in place to help lower the risk of future falls.

Overall, the senior living industry has embraced the use of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to improve social engagement and mental stimulation among seniors, but the SafelyYou system addresses a major concern that other companies still haven’t touched on: preventing falls. “Current solutions such as available wearable techniques simply do not work in memory care. SafelyYou is the first I have seen that lets us see how falls are happening, so we can instantaneously detect head injuries, reduce the chances of repeat falls, and continue to improve the high-quality care we strive to provide,” says Dave Coluzzi, Carlton Senior Living President. And while senior living communities across the United States have begun to embrace AI technologies like Alexa-enabled Echo speakers to interact with residents, Carlton is pleased to have participated in beta testing the SafelyYou system which could potentially improve the safety of individuals with dementia worldwide by decreasing the risk of falls through preventive measures.

 

Read more: About SafelyYou

Read more: SafelyYou deploys at first facility – Carlton Davis

Learn more about Carlton Senior Living’s person-centered approach to Memory Care

 

 

1. Bayen E, Jacquemot J, Netscher G, Agrawal P, Tabb Noyce L, Bayen A; Reduction in Fall Rate in Dementia Managed Care Through Video Incident Review: Pilot Study; J Med Internet Res 2017;19(10):e339; DOI: 10.2196/jmir.8095; PMID: 29042342; PMCID: 5663952

 

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