Assisted Living/Memory Care

Take a Stand

What is the best way to reduce fall risk?

If you’re one of the many assisted living/memory care facilities that use chair-based exercise, we respectfully ask you to take a stand against sitting disease.  Excessive sitting has been linked to hypertension, high blood sugar, high cholesterol, obesity, cancer, cardiovascular disease, impaired balance and early mortality (Am Inst Cancer Res 2011; Med Sci Sp Exerc 2009; WHO 2009).  Despite these risks, chair exercise has become the activity of choice for most senior care facilities to keep residents “safe”, albeit at the expense of long-term resident health.

Research clearly shows that reducing the risk of disease and falls in older adults, especially the frail elderly, requires standing exercise (JAMA Int Med 2018; Clin Rehab 2011).

The difficulty lies in getting residents on their feet and not letting them fall.

S3 does both by providing a safe standing environment.  Even those with the most severe balance/cognitive deficits can improve balance and independence, but staff must be willing to work with them on a daily basis.

S3 is particularly useful not only for the user, but also for the caregiver.  The video shows that S3 is a portable transfer device that allows residents to use their own strength during transfers.  This greatly reduces the stress on staff trying to move heavy residents while allowing residents to gain strength.  Eventually, S3 users rely less on S3 and transfer on their own.

S3 has also proven its value with the wide range of cognitive deficits due to dementia.  But here too, staff must understand the importance of getting residents up more often and integrating S3 into daily routines.  In other words, S3 is only effective with human assistance.

This is the question: will you work with S3 to reverse the sitting culture that is devastating residents in assisted living/memory care?

S3 has two basic functions.

First, it helps residents who need assistance to transfer.  S3 actively engages the user to bolster strength and independence.  By contrast, Hoyer and sit-to-stand lifts virtually do all the work for residents and thereby promote weakness.

S3 is also the platform for safe standing balance classes, using exercises proven to reduce fall risk.  An instructor leads a group of residents, each with their own device.  The big advantage of S3 is not only its safety, but that S3 classes accommodate residents with a wide range of abilities.  Those who need more stability can use a full grip while more advanced users have the option of an open or floating grip.

Outcomes

Results from multiple trials show a dramatic reduction in fall risk for residents after participating in S3 classes for 30 to 60 days.

Our Return On Investment (ROI) projection shows a significant long-term financial gain for care facilities when residents participate in an aggressive wellness program such as S3.

Offering S3 demonstrates a commitment to residents’ safety and quality of life.  Promoting S3 classes to current and prospective residents, family members and physicians is a benefit for all.

SBalance® in the Community

 

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Transfers made easy in Memory Care

Normally 2-person assist, now 0 with S3 Balance®