Fall is just around the corner, and soon we’ll be watching colorful autumn leaves float gracefully to the ground.
In assisted living communities, when we hear the word “fall,” a much different scene usually comes to mind and there’s not much graceful about it! Fear of falling is common among residents, their loved ones, and even staff, but there are things we can do to help reduce the risk of falls. One of them is to keep residents strong and improve their balance by encouraging them to perform sit-to-stand exercises regularly, and to transfer from wheelchairs to chairs for meals and activities.
To help highlight the benefits of sit-to-stands and transfers, we are announcing our “Stand Up Against Falls” contest! During the months of September and October, we’d like your staff to find creative ways to get residents doing sit-to-stands…try them in groups before meals, do them to fun music, get competitive with in-house contests, and even dance once people are standing.
Email us pictures, videos or written descriptions of your staff working with residents to stand and transfer by October 31st, and your staff could win a pizza party! We’ve even attached a contest flier to help you get started.
Here’s a quick video of the exercise. Your residents can hold onto the handrail in a hallway for extra help if they need it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chZryRzvJnY
And here’s a handout with instructions from the CDC that you can post: https://www.cdc.gov/steadi/pdf/Chair_Rise_Exercise-print.pdf