Every year, 2.5 million seniors are taken to emergency rooms for fall injuries. About 20% of falls result in serious injuries, and falls account for 95% of hip fractures. For older people, falling increases the risk of dying. For example, Kaiser Permanente found that women between 65 and 69 who break a hip are five times more likely to die within the next year.
The best way senior living communities can help prevent falls is to assess the fall risk of individual residents and put fall prevention programs in place to alleviate that risk.
The Morse Fall Scale, aka the Morse Fall Risk Assessment, is one of the most commonly used tools to assess risk in healthcare settings. It’s so popular because:
- It’s a valid and reliable measure of fall risk, and
- It’s easy to use.
To help you measure fall risk in your senior living community, we’ve put together a simple one-pager that your staff can start using today. Learn more about how to apply the Morse Fall Scale.