In Fall Prevention and Reduction, we teach you how to protect yourself and your family in the event of an unexpected and violent winter season. Many people are forced to seek shelter during the winter season because their homes are surrounded by a frozen body of water. The threat of hypothermia looms large for those who do not take preventative measures to reduce and eliminate the cold. This article provides you with a brief overview of best practice guidelines for fall prevention and reduction that can be utilized by your family this winter.
In order to prevent falls, it is necessary to understand what makes a person susceptible to falling. It seems common sense that the elderly are more likely to suffer from the risk of falling than younger adults. If you belong to the older adult category and find yourself prone to falling, it is important that you identify and follow some of the best practices for fall prevention and reduction. While you may have already identified certain lifestyle factors that contribute to your propensity for accidental falling, it is still useful to look at other risk factors. Some other factors associated with and leading to accidental falling include:
The importance of implementing a preventative program to keep your senior loved ones safe and secure cannot be underestimated. A number of preventable falls can result in life threatening injuries if they occur in a health care facility or an assisted living home. A thorough root cause analysis of the patient’s past medical history is necessary in order to implement preventative interventions to avoid the development of complications such as falls.
The second step in implementing preventative measures is the development of a fall safety plan. A hospital or other medical facility should develop a standard protocol for assessment tool use. This tool should include both a physical examination and a structured neurological screening. The neurological screening is particularly important. Through a comprehensive neurological assessment tool, nurses and health care providers can determine if there are any obvious injuries that could lead to falling. However, the physical examination is more important since it provides a platform from which to develop the best practices recommended by national agencies like the National Association for Home Care.
Nursing home abuse has also been identified as a significant risk factor. In addition to neglect and abuse, another major risk factor is the inability of home care professionals to identify the most pressing health care needs of patients with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and Parkinson’s disease. The diagnosis of these specific medical conditions can aid in developing preventative measures designed to reduce the potential for falling.
Many elderly individuals suffer accidental falls each year at nursing homes. However, many do not receive adequate medical attention until they have fallen seriously injured. Ensuring that you and your loved one have access to the highest quality care will go a long way toward preventing death or serious injury due to falls. The best practice for fall prevention and reduction is a comprehensive root cause analysis of the patient’s medical history and the environment, the patient lives in.