Passive Patient Monitoring


Remote Monitoring Fall Detection Technology

WellAware Care integrates smart wellness devices, like Vayyar home, to detect fall events and alert caregivers in real time when assistance is needed. The WellAware Care’s remote monitoring technology captures behavioral and biometric data providing data to family caregivers enabling them to help seniors using data-driven care decisions.


How Passive Patient Monitoring can make a difference

The reason our logo is a hummingbird is because we’re nimble and quick. When last-minute cases come in, we do everything we can to accommodate them. 

That’s what Judy had heard about Minute Women, so when her mom wanted nothing more than to be in her own bed for the weekend, Judy called us.

Her mother Elizabeth had been at the hospital for over a week and was unable to sleep. She had a fall with a minor injury at her assisted living apartment but was feeling better in recent weeks. Her medical issues that caused the fall had been addressed, so she wanted to go home immediately.

The team at her assisted living had recommended 24/7 care through the weekend to ensure that Elizabeth made a full recovery. Judy completely agreed.

Judy called us at 3:00pm on Friday asking if there was any way we could send a caregiver to the assisted living facility by 7:00pm that day. Otherwise, Elizabeth would have to spend the weekend in the hospital.

Our scheduling team jumped into action. We had a caregiver at the assisted living at 7:00pm to meet the ambulance. We were able to provide 24/7 care with the same two caregivers throughout the weekend, guaranteeing consistency and punctuality. For the next few weeks, our caregivers ensured that Elizabeth was safe, preventing further injury and re-admission to the hospital.

Facts About Falls

We will go room by room with the most common areas where people fall, but first let’s go over how dangerous a fall can be.

  • 87% of all fractures for seniors are because of falls
  • Falls account for 25% of all hospital admissions, and 40% of all nursing home admissions 40% of those admitted do not return to independent living; 25% die within a year.
  • 1/3 of the population of 65 fall each year.

4 Rooms Where Falls Occur Most Often

One of the biggest threats for seniors who live alone is falling. They happen often and in many cases, seniors can be left alone, injured, and unable to get help for hours or days. Too often these falls result in death.

With National Fall Day occurring September 25 it is a great opportunity to go over where falls occur. Also, you will learn, how you can prevent falls, so your loved one stays safe in their home for years to come.

1. Kitchen

Since water can drip on the floors that are usually wood or linoleum high, many slips occur in the kitchen.

  • Keep commonly used items within reach so stretching out to get items does not occur
  • Don’t use floor polish
  • Keep appliance cords out of the way to prevent tripping

2. Bathroom

The bathroom is another common area where falls occur. Like kitchens, water can create a slippery floor. Additionally, falls occur in the bathroom late at night when lights are dim.

  • Install grab bars next to the toilet and in the shower/tub (I highly recommend screwed-in grab bars and not suction cup grab bars.  Suction cups only need to fail once to become a mistake)
  • Purchase non-slip mats
  • Use a raised toilet seat so it is easier to get on and off the toilet

3. Living & Dining Rooms

Falls do occur here, but not as often as the kitchen and the bathroom, but little changes can make the difference

  • Arrange furniture to make it easier to get in and out of couches and chairs.
  • Remove caster wheels so items do not unexpectedly move
  • Rearrange lamps or change outlets so flipping a switch is all that is needed to turn on lights, rather than manually turning a lamp on or off.
  • Use TV removes and cordless phones

4. Stairs & Hallways

  • Keep free of clutter
  • Secure carpets and remove throw rugs that are a major source of falls
  • Install handrails for stability
  • Make sure there is plenty of lighting

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