All falls are not preventable, but with careful attention you can help minimize the type and frequency of many falls that occur. Falls and fall related injuries in the senior population can be a result of a single 'slip' or may be caused by many factors. Falls are the leading cause of emergency room visits in the senior populations. Lowering the number of falls can significantly affect the health and well-being of an individual who is living at home or in a long term care community. Victims of fall related fractures are five times more likely to move into a higher level of care within 24 months.
You can contribute to the increased safety of your residents by learning the information presented in this course.
- How to minimize the risks within your community.
- The factors that influence falls and the risk of falls.
- A home safety checklist to evaluate the safety of the environment
- Strategies for falling appropriately to minimize fractures.
- Physical strengthening to improve balance and mobility
- The nutritional improvements to one's health to reduce risks of falls