Falls Prevention Services 

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One of the main areas of research and development that Fit For Life undertake is in the area of reduction and prevention of falls among older adults. We are constantly liaising and collaborating with international experts in this area to ensure that our training gives you the most up-to-date and effective Falls screening, assessments and current best practice interventions. 

Our Individual Falls Risk Assessment is appropriate for older adults living in their own homes or in residential care and involves a comprehensive screening and assessment of the client, including a falls history, physical functional ability, medications and possible psychological risk factors (e.g Fear of Falling). Our therapists work with older adults by improving their balance and educating them on how to reduce their risk of falls.

 

We also provide support and education to healthcare staff and family members, who all play an important role in reducing the risk of falls. On completion we liaise with family members or healthcare staff with a full report and recommendations. 

Our Falls Prevention training is suitable for healthcare workers or family members who may wish to have a better understanding of how to reduce the risk of falls. 

As a consequence of the multidisciplinary background of our senior management team, we provide also provide additional support and expertise while preparing for reregistration, reviewing current Falls policies and providing objective analysis of current work practices in your Nursing Home​​​, Healthcare Facility or Hospital. 

 

 

To find out more about our Falls services please click below or call (01) 213 7915 to speak to one of our team 

Falls Policy Audit


This involves a review of your current Falls Prevention policy, with the Director of Nursing and/or Clinical Nurse Manager (CNM). We review your falls report to establish if any necessary information is missing. During this process we make recommendations and the decisions made are implemented into an updated policy. This report is then followed up in your post-fall protocol, so that team members’ roles are detailed within the policy. Recommendations on new screening methods, reporting systems and policy details are provided in a report. Outline: It involves a meeting to go through your policy focusing on its contents covering the following:

  • Purpose
  • Definitions
  • Responsibilities
  • Assessment protocol
  • Falls protocol
  • Action plan protocol
Results/Benefits:
  • Revision of best practice Falls Prevention and Management
  • Improved knowledge on Falls Screening and Risk assessment in long term care
  • Policy review and recommendations




Falls Database Design and Implementation


One of the most important roles in Falls Prevention is the good collection of raw data. The data from your falls report is crucial to helping you to self-evaluate the common causes of falls in your environment. For some people it will mean keeping a Falls Diary to help provide information to your medical support team. For clinical staff, it will mean a more comprehensive standardised form that must be completed when a fall occurs. We can help you to design a database that collects the information from your report and enables you to audit and create visual graphs to illustrate the prevalence of falls periodically.​ Outline: We come to visit you and review your current falls report database and auditing system. A bespoke database is designed and a member of your team is trained in using the system. Results/Benefits:

  • A computer system designed to assist you in assessing your common cause of falls
  • Review of current best practice data collection
  • Education to support your team
  • System to manage falls data and action plans
To find out more about this service please call (01) 213 7915 to speak to one of our senior managment team.




Falls Report Creation and Methods of Dissemination


If you find it hard to create monthly reports on falls data, we can create monthly reports from your falls database for you. We create them online and send a detailed report back to you, with the selected variables in an easy to follow graph layout. This system quickly highlights variables such as the most common time of day when falls occur, or the most common location where falls occur. We will create whatever variable you wish to illustrate, and this is then used to educate your team in your monthly meetings. Outline:

  • We take away the task of falls report production to give you more time to apply action plans and manage monthly meetings.
  • Reviewing your action plans is key to a successful Falls Prevention System.
  • You need to know whether actions were completed on time, achieved and if they were effective.
Duration: Monthly reports sent to you using the falls data that is provided. Results/Benefits:
  • Provided with reports ready to review at monthly meetings
  • Visual graphs to help educate the team on common risk factors
  • Empower the team to understand their role in Falls Prevention
  • Action plan reviews to help measure success of interventions prescribed
  • Individual Falls Risk Assessment
  • Your monthly reports will give you information to discuss at your multidisciplinary (MDT) meetings.
To find out more about this service please call (01) 213 7915.




Individual Falls Risk Assessments


We support clients, nurses, home carers and families with assessments to help identify risk factors that increase a person’s risk of falls. Our therapists organise an appointment which involves a comprehensive review of the client, including a falls history, physical functional ability, medications and possible psychological risk factors (Fear of Falling). With knowledge that falls are one of the leading causes of injury to an older adult and subsequent reduced quality of life, we aim to provide best practice interventions to reduce the risk of falls. Post assessment an accurate, informative and educational handover to allied healthcare professionals and carers is essential to maximise the effectiveness of the action plans indicated. Outline:

  • This assessment can take up to 2 hours.
  • The individual determines the length of time required to carry out a comprehensive, multifactorial assessment.
Duration: Starts at 1 hour and max 3 hours. Results/Benefits:
  • Multifactorial assessment following best practice guidelines (NICE)
  • Comprehensive report and handover compiled outlining appropriate interventions and actions plans identified
  • Specific falls prevention education given to staff/carer
  • Maximising the likelihood of a reduction in falls
To find out more about this service please call (01) 213 7915 to speak to one of our senior management team




Falls Prevention Training


To find out more about our Falls Prevention training for Nurisng Homes or healthcare facilities please click here For individuals looking to book a training course on Falls Prevention please click here