The number of older people who are no longer able to look after themselves in developing countries is forecast to quadruple by 2050. Many of the very old lose their ability to live independently and require some form of assisted living. The need for long-term care, including nursing homes, is rising.
Only in Canada there are currently more than 1.360 nursing homes, providing care for approximately 143.000 Canadians. Many of the bigger challenges within nursing homes are quality related. For example, fall incidents, which is a major safety concern for nursing facilities.
Statistics show that a typical 100 beds facility reports up to 200 fall incidents a year. In reality this number is much higher because a lot of fall incidents goes unreported. Up to 20% of the falls result in serious injuries, and sometimes even death. According to the WHO an estimated of 422.000 individuals die from falls globally each year!
The financial costs from fall-related injuries are substantial. Falls were the leading cause of overall injury costs in Canada in 2010, accounting for $8.7 billion. When Canadians aged 85 and over, the per capita costs rise significantly to $1,885.
This blog describes 5 common issues nursing homes have to deal with in order to properly organize quality management. Thereby we provide a practical solution to these challenges, based on a case study of the New Brunswick nursing homes.