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Discussing Safety in Senior Care, Biometric Security, and All Things Pressure Analysis

Hearing Loss: Tips and Common Courtesies for Effective Communication

A few weeks ago, during a coaching training course, my classmates and I were discussing the concept of active listening. How is it practiced? Why is it important? How can you improve it as a skill? I caught myself thinking, “Strange that we need a lesson dedicated to this. Do people really find this hard? Why do I seem to find this second nature?” Then I remembered: I don’t have a choice but to…

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4 Building Blocks for Successful Fall Management Programs 

Every facility that cares for or interacts with seniors has a fall-risk management system in place. Yet, one in every four seniors are expected to experience a fall. Evidence suggests that most falls are not only predictable, but preventable. So if our organizations have plans in place to prevent falls, why are they so prevalent? The truth is that most fall management plans are underutilized and out-of-date,…

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Seniors and COVID: What Is the Future of Fall-Risk?

COVID-19 and Falls As discussed in our last blog about the effects of COVID-19 on seniors, one of the consequences of the Coronavirus pandemic is an increased risk of falls and fall-related injuries.  Since early 2020, people around the world have been asked to reduce their movements; lock downs, quarantines, and fear have all affected the behavior and activity of individuals, especially of older adults who are among those at greatest risk for severe illness caused by…

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What is an MDEL and Why Does Your PPE Supplier Need One? 

Throughout 2020, employee safety has been front-of-mind like never before. Society is working to balance the need to keep the economy moving, while considering how to keep workers safe, healthy, and comfortable. For most North American businesses, this means the implementation of mask wearing. In every industry, especially those that previously had few safety concerns beyond fire exits, employers have had to source safe, trustworthy suppliers for personal protective…

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Seniors and COVID: 4 Ways to Keep Seniors Safe

Seniors and COVID-19 The COVID-19 pandemic has been a scary and trying time for everyone around the globe but the threat of the virus looms greatest for the oldest members of our communities. The CDC reports that “as you get older, your risk for severe illness from COVID-19 increases”, with “the greatest risk for severe…

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How To Make Fall Prevention Screening and Assessment a Routine Part of Clinical Care

Falls in older adults are a significant and growing public health problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), injury death rates from falls nearly doubled between 2000 and 2013, from an average of 29.6 to 56.7 per 100,000 population. The direct medical costs of falls in the United States are projected…

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2 Questions to Ask When Considering New Tech for Your Clinic or Senior Care Facility

We are seeing an extraordinary rise in the use of technology in healthcare. New tools for screening and assessing patients, or tools for managing workloads and streamlining record keeping are just a few. Whatever your pain point is, there is probably a product on the market that could help alleviate your clinic’s challenges. When you…

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3 Things You Need to Ask When Choosing a Senior Care Facility

Maybe you clicked on this post because you are the child of aging parents who are considering moving into a seniors’ home. Or perhaps you are a senior who is considering the move for yourself. Whatever the situation, moving into a long-term or senior care facility is a significant life decision, and choosing what will…

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Plantar Pressure Analysis and Its Role in Senior Care

Healthy Aging Research Series II Every week, hundreds of research articles are published containing keywords such as ‘gait’, ‘balance’, and ‘falls’. As the CEO and founder of a company in the mobility assessment space, I spend a lot of time reviewing these scientific journals. Every once in a while, I come across a ‘golden’ article…

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How Can Your Senior Care Business Support Healthy Aging?

New Blog Series: How Can Your Long Term or Senior Care Business Support Healthy Aging? Introduction Every week, hundreds of research articles are published containing keywords such as ‘gait’, ‘balance’, and ‘falls’. As the CEO and founder of a company in the mobility assessment space, I spend a lot of time reviewing these scientific journals….

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Unshod balance assessment on a single-tile Stepscan system

Quick Guide: How to Disinfect Your Stepscan System

Given current global healthcare concerns and the heightened need for cleanliness in healthcare facilities, here is a reminder for how to quickly, safely, and effectively disinfect your Stepscan system.

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Catching Seniors Before They Fall: Part III

Interventions for Those at High Fall Risk Naturally, the purpose of estimating fall risk is to determine when individuals need interventions to prevent future falls. But what then? In this final installment of our series, we’ll review some of the most common and/or effective interventions used to reduce fall risk, from the generic to the…

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