Falls in Aged Care
Because falls are common in residential aged care there can be a perception among some staff members, residents and family members that falls are inevitable, and that nothing can be done to prevent them. Recent developments in research and practice indicate that a range of actions can be effective in reducing falls and falls-related injuries among older people, including those in residential aged care. This chapter examines the risk factors associated with falls and discusses how effective assessments can lead to interventions that can significantly reduce the incidence of falls in older persons.
- Preventable falls
- Extrinsic and intrinsic risk factors
- Falls risk-assessment tool
- Environmental falls hazard-assessment tool
- Changing practice