By Lori Anderson, RN, administrator, EPOCH Senior Healthcare of Harwich
At nursing homes around the country, the risk of residents falling and injuring themselves is a daily concern for staff. Special programs are often implemented as a result, but at EPOCH Senior Healthcare of Harwich, we’re learning that sometimes the simplest solution is the most effective.
Since July 2014, we have been taking an all-hands-on-deck approach to reduce the risk of falls through special, purposeful rounds that combine checking on resident safety with involved social interaction. Every shift, all staff members—not just our nursing assistants—spend 30 minutes making these rounds, which go beyond quick in-and-out check-ups.