Best-Practices-logoHealth care best practices and protocols change over the years as new research and care techniques emerge.

One noticeable change is taking place in nursing homes to improve an individual’s care and quality of life.

For many years, the medical community believed it was best to place alarms on the chairs and beds used by nursing home residents at risk for falling.

That thought process is now changing as new medical research claims that alarms do not prevent injury and may even be a safety hazard.

Using information learned at an Alabama Nursing Home Association seminar, Falkville Health & Rehab Center made the decision to stop using alarms.

It wasn’t an easy task. Staff members reviewed available research before developing a plan. The center had to train staff members, educate families of residents and use quality assurance protocols to monitor the transition. Eventually, all alarms were removed from the center.

Falkville Health & Rehab Center will share its successful plan called the “Road to Quality Improvement” at Alabama’s Best Practices on August 28.

Click here for detailed information on how to implement Falkville Health & Rehab Center’s Road to Quality Improvement in your nursing home.

Visit this page for more information about Alabama’s Best Practices.

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth of eight articles highlighting nursing homes that will present at Alabama’s Best Practices on August 28. Eight skilled nursing centers were selected from the 24 submissions to present their best practice on stage before hundreds of nursing home employees from across Alabama.

About Falkville Health & Rehab Center:

Falkville Health & Rehab Center is a 116-bed skilled nursing facility offering speech, occupational and physical therapy. The center also offers a special area to care for people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Melba Freeman is the Administrator and Joan Walker is the Director of Nursing. The center is located in Falkville.