Intervention targeting multiple risk factors for falls in seniors residing in long-term care facilities

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  • Health Services
  • Seniors (ages 65+) icon
  • Best Practices
  • Health Care Setting
  • Injury Prevention
  • Personal health practices and coping skills
  • Physical environment
  • Preventing Violence Icon 1
  • Social Support Networks

Overview

The first step of the intervention was to assess all residents for fall risk. A resident was classified as at higher risk of falling if he or she stopped walking when talking to an accompanying person, walked more slowly when carrying a glass of water or had impaired vision or difficulty concentrating. A physiotherapist also deemed a resident to be of higher falls risk if the resident showed risk-taking behaviour considered to jeopardize balance. The intervention program comprised strategies that would both aid all residents and target those at high risk of falls.

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