Care home residents often face severe consequences when they experience falls, both in terms of their health and finances. However, a recent study has shed light on a simple and cost-effective solution to mitigate this risk: upgrading lighting.
The study focused on two pairs of care homes, each with a similar rate of falls among residents. In two of the homes, the lighting was upgraded to include changes in intensity and spectrum, aiming to increase exposure to short-wavelength (blue) light during the day and decrease it at night. Meanwhile, the other two homes served as control sites, maintaining standard lighting without any modifications throughout the day.
Over a span of 24 months, researchers meticulously assessed and recorded the number of falls documented in the medical records of the residents. The results were remarkable. Falls were reduced by an impressive 43% in the care homes with upgraded lighting compared to the control sites.
These findings strongly suggest that upgrading ambient lighting in care homes can have a significant impact on reducing the risk of falls. By incorporating lighting changes that optimize exposure to short-wavelength light during the day and minimize it at night, care home residents can benefit from a safer environment.
This study highlights the potential of a simple and effective solution to a pressing issue. By implementing low-cost lighting upgrades, care homes can prioritize the well-being and safety of their residents, ultimately creating a more secure and comfortable living space for all.