Circadian Lighting Reduces Falls in Senior Care Homes by 43%

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Research continues to show the benefits of circadian lighting systems, like WalaLight, for memory care, extended care, adult living facilities and adult living communities. Numerous studies have shown circadian lighting to promote healthy sleep patterns, reduce behavioral issues, benefit activity programming, and provide less glare which our eyes become more susceptible to as we age. Now a new study from Harvard Medical School is showing that circadian lighting, like WalaLight, has reduced falls by 43% in the senior living homes they observed.

A 2022 study by Harvard Medical School examining the impact of upgraded lighting on falls in senior care home residents found that the addition of circadian lighting reduced falls by 43% compared to facilities without circadian lighting.

The study examined two pairs of senior care homes with 758 residents and similar rates of falls. For the experiment, one home in each pair receiving upgraded circadian lighting. Instances of seniors falling were then recorded over a 24-month period in order to compare the rate of falls per 1000 resident days. The results showed the care homes with circadian lighting has a 43% lower rate of falls at 4.82 per 1000 resident days, while the fall rate of the care homes without upgraded lighting was 8.44 per 1000 resident days.

With this data the researchers from Harvard concluded that upgrading ambient lighting to circadian lighting represents an effective, passive, low-cost, low-burden addition to current preventive strategies to reduce fall risk in long-term care settings.

Senior falling is a huge concern at memory care and extended care facilities, adult living facilities and communities. With this recent research and the application of a quality circadian lighting system, like WalaLight, communities are now able to have another resource to ensure families of the well-being of their loved ones and residents.

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