It is no secret that older adults are more prone to falls. As a result, those who fall may suffer from serious injuries because of their advanced age. In order to reduce your facility’s liability and other risks, it is important to implement a fall prevention education program for your employees and your residents.
Creating a Plan
While preventing falls is the responsibility of all your facility’s employees, a team should be established to implement a training program. An assessment should be made of the facility that will identify potential risks that should be remedied immediately.
Information that can be used in developing training materials can be obtained from government organizations such as the Center for Disease Prevention (CDC) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). This information can also be used in developing your facility’s Fall Prevention Resolution that outlines your efforts to prevent falls.
Effective Fall Prevention Training
This training should teach your employees to:
When educating your residents about falls, discuss:
By implementing a fall prevention education program for your employees and residents, you can reduce falls within your facility. This will help keep your insurance costs in check and prevent possible serious injuries to your residents.