Engaging Older Adults in Evidence Based Fall Prevention
Numerous studies document falling as a common and preventable source of morbidity, mortality and health care expenditures. The most successful fall-prevention interventions are multi-factorial requiring the expertise and collaboration of several disciplines. Effective intervention also requires particular expertise in engaging older adults to modify their habits. These factors combine to make fall-prevention services particularly difficult to provide within the constraints of clinical care. This audio-visual/webcast presentation will summarize the conceptual model successfully used in randomized clinical trials to facilitate the efforts of clinicians and older adults to efficiently and effectively reduce the risks of falling.
At the conclusion of this presentation, attendees will be able to:
- Describe the multi-factorial etiology of falls
- Identify clinical strategies, useful in any setting, to increase the likelihood that clinicians and older adults will integrate fall prevention behaviors into daily practice
This course is accessible on the Philips Lifeline Learning Center website at http://Lifeline.theonlinelearningcenter.com.
Note: Approved provider of continuing education for LCSW licensure requirements in California.
Note: This program is not accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association due to their policies.
Note: As of 7/31/10 nursing CE's will not be available for nurses licensed in DE, RI, and UT.
My first client was 89-years-old, and I ended up staying with her 24/7 until she passed away at the age of 92. I used to read the Bible to her, and we sang songs together because she used to be a choir director at her church. She wanted me to sing her favorite song – 'The Old Rugged Cross' – at her funeral. I did. I was with her when she took her last breath. It was such a sacred moment. I’ll never forget it. It just cemented this whole career for me and made me realize this was what I wanted to do.
Karen Stevens, 2009 RightCare Winner