SOURCE: Keystone Technologies

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July 28, 2015 05:00 ET

Keystone Technologies Publishes Guide to Fall Prevention at Senior Care Facilities

Industry Innovator's New Whitepaper Details Limitations of Current Methods, Explores Emerging Assessment Technology

ST. LOUIS, MO--(Marketwired - July 28, 2015) - Keystone Technologies, an industry innovator in senior care technology solutions, today announced it is publishing a guide to assessing fall prevention at senior care facilities. The whitepaper, Beyond Timed Up and Go: A New Era in Fall Risk Assessments, is available for free download at www.keystone-technologies.com/beyond-timed-up-and-go.

Patient falls are an understandable and important concern for the senior care industry. The CDC estimates that about 1,800 adults living in nursing homes die every year as the result of fall-related injuries. Aside from this startling human toll, falls also result in $34 billion of annual direct medical costs. In recent decades, the gold standard in determining the risk of falls has been the Timed Up and Go (TUG) test, but this method has shortcomings that cannot be overlooked. Keystone's new whitepaper examines the deficiencies with TUG and explores approaches and technologies that better assess the risk of falls. The guide's features include:

  • Eight limitations of Timed Up and Go that make it less than ideal when assessing fall risk
  • Three no-tech alternatives to TUG
  • The benefits of ambient (or passive) sensor-based intelligent monitoring technology that is emerging as a far more effective replacement for TUG

"Any fall that leads to death or serious injury in a senior care setting is one too many," says Andy Belval, President and CEO of Keystone Technologies. "While it is impossible to prevent every fall, providers owe it to their residents and to their business stakeholders to do everything they can to prevent as many falls as possible, while still maintaining resident's independence and autonomy. The TUG test simply doesn't cut it any more in accurately determining which residents are at elevated or high risk. Our new whitepaper is a resource for senior care facilities looking to reduce falls and advance their overall quality of care capabilities in order to enhance quality of life for their residents."

For more information about this new whitepaper or Keystone Technologies' innovative senior care solutions, visit the company's website at http://www.keystone-technologies.com.

About Keystone Technologies
Keystone Technologies provides solutions to help senior living communities offer the highest quality of care and quality of life to their residents. The company's Keystone Care solution offers passive, sensor-based health monitoring solutions powered by artificial intelligence technology embedded in a senior's residence. The solution offers early illness detection that alerts care providers to warning signs of many negative health events including falls, strokes, heart disease, respiratory illness, and UTIs. Keystone Connect offers a senior-friendly software portal that acts as a home base for all digital communication, information, and entertainment needs. Keystone Core is a comprehensive IT infrastructure design and build service combined with HIPAA-compliant data center hosting and managed services. These services ensure that a senior living community's IT landscape can efficiently and effectively support today's technologies, as well as the community's growing business needs. Based in St. Louis, Keystone Technologies is dedicated to improving quality of life for all seniors through technology and related services. For more information, visit http://www.keystone-technologies.com.

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