Sept. 22-29, 2018 is National Falls Prevention Week
To address the serious and growing problem of falls among older adults, more health care providers need to understand how to screen, assess, and intervene to decrease falls risk. Evidence-based screening and assessment techniques that can be implemented by health care providers in multiple disciplines already exist, but have not been broadly incorporated into clinical practice. This falls prevention workshop will help health care providers understand how to screen, assess, and intervene to decrease falls among older adults. The workshop will emphasize use of the CDC’s STEADI toolkit and the USA Otago Exercise Program.
This program is offered in collaboration with the McDowell Senior Center and McDowell Technical Community College.
PT, PTA, OT, OTA, RN, LPN, NP, Health Care Managers, who work in in multiple settings including acute care, outpatient, assisted living, skilled nursing facilities, etc.
- Summarize current trends observed at local, state, and national levels related to falls among older adults
- Recognize the importance of and advocate for early screening, assessment, and intervention to prevent falls
- Implement falls risk screening and assessment as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control in the STEADI initiative
- Describe evidence-based interventions for preventing falls, including the USA Otago Exercise Program
- Given a written case description, determine the individual’s level of falls risk and identify appropriate falls prevention interventions
- Judy P. Melton, MSN, RN
- Vicki S. Mercer, PT, PhD
- Tiffany E. Shubert, MPT, PhD
- Brooke Waycaster, BSN, RN
- Martha Y. Zimmerman, PT, MA