Steps to Take in Falls Prevention

Falls are a significant cause of harm to older people. Statistics show that 1 in 3 older people of 65+ years of age fall once or more in any given year. This rate of falling is higher in those with Parkinson’s Disease (60-80% risk) and those aged 85+ (close to 50% risk). The good news! Many falls can be prevented through education, increased awareness and preventative strategies.

You can contribute to the multifactorial approach by:

  • Ensuring that residents’ are utilising their prescribed gait aid at all times.
  • Monitoring those residents with cognitive impairments more regularly.
  • Following a regular, individualised toileting schedule.
  • Making sure that residents are wearing well fitted footwear.
  • Organising a medication review at least yearly by a pharmacist after a fall, or after initiation or escalation in dosage of medication, or if there is multiple drug use.
  • Arranging regular eye examinations (every two years) to reduce the incidence of visual impairment.
  • Making sure that residents’ personal belongings and equipment are easy and safe for them to access, and that clutter is minimised.
  • Utilising alert devices such as sensors and other relevant equipment in liaison with the physiotherapist.
  • Checking regularly that the resident is wearing their hip protectors, that the hip protectors are in the correct position, and are a comfortable fit.
  • Recommending vitamin D and calcium supplementation for applicable residents.
  • Encouraging and assisting with regular walking, strengthening and exercises that will protect resident bone health, maintain mobility and balance, and reduce the risk of injurious falls.

A Healthcare 2 You professional will be able to assist and educate residents and facility staff in order to minimise falls which may progress into long lasting injuries.

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