Running a senior living community may raise a copious amount of concerns, but above all of these, the number one priority is resident safety. When a new resident joins a community, safety can be of an even greater concern. Without fully knowing an individual, you may not yet be aware of all their specific needs or limitations.
What to Know from Day One
When you first welcome a new senior into your community, it is nearly impossible to know everything about them on day one. However, there are ways to remain proactive to begin learning more about them. It is essential to ask your residents from that first day to fill out a self-care assessment. Be sure to also speak with a close family member such as a spouse or child about the daily needs of the loved one. This will allow for a well-rounded picture of all the care this particular individual will really need.
Managing a senior living community means that you know the ins and outs of your community. To fully promote resident safety, it is important to communicate restrictions and guidelines to all residents. What is not allowed in a senior’s apartment? What is?
There needs to be communication of all community restrictions before a resident moves in. However, after the individual has fully moved in, have a staff member assess the room for safety concerns. Be sure the resident knows what the staff is doing and have them walk through the apartment together checking for hazards (things that can prove to be hazardous are electronic cords, bulky furniture, and loose rugs).
With most ambulate seniors, this task can often become overlooked. Resident safety depends on a fall/risk assessments. This will determine if rooms need any modifications such as safety bars or shower benches. According to Johns Hopkins, a fall risk assessment rates the following:
- Fall History
- Bathroom Frequency
- Care Equipment
- Mobility Range
It is essential to know your resident’s fall risk and to keep this assessment updated. Even with a low fall risk, certain factors can still create concerns for resident safety. This can include shoes with inadequate support, having an unsteady gait, or issues with dizziness while sitting up or down. These hazards may not have been discussed. How can we ensure safety without going over every detail?
Knowing a senior’s care needs and fall risk assessment data is critical to the safety of that resident. To ensure the resident remains secure within the community, we encourage utilizing technology as needed. There is no need for overkill on one particular resident but implementing technology throughout the community can improve overall resident safety standards. Technologies that can be utilized are:
- Emergency Call Pendants
- Staff Check-in Devices
- Motion Sensors
- Bed Sensor Pads
- Wander Management Systems
- Emergency Call System Applications
Resident safety should be the number one priority of every senior living community. It is an integral part of resident retention and satisfaction. Without happy, safe seniors, who will fill the rooms of your vibrant community?
Silversphere’s main priority is also protecting seniors and ensuring communities are capable of doing just that. Download our free eBook to learn how to protect and retain your residents!