Falls Prevention Toolkit
12/02/2014The Southern Health and Social Care Trust in partnership with the Care Homes Forum in the Southern area launched a new toolkit to reduce the risk of falls.
This toolkit has been developed to help nursing and residential care home staff become more effective in reducing the number of falls experienced by their residents.
Falls occur in over 30% of over 65s and 50% of those aged over 80 every year. Falls can often result in serious consequences, both physically and psychologically. In addition to bruising, fractures and in some cases death, a fall can reduce an older person’s confidence and independence.
Angela McVeigh, Director of Older People and Primary Care for the Southern Trust commended the Working Group on the new Toolkit which is designed to help staff in nursing and residential care homes have quick and easy access to best practice tools to identify and manage an older person’s risk of falls.
“Falls can be a life changing event for older people and, while it may not be possible to eliminate falls altogether, there is evidence to support that having a more systematic approach and carrying out risk assessments has shown a reduction in injuries and longer periods of time between falls for older people.”
Janet Haines-Wood, Regional Patient Safety Advisor, HSC Safety Forum said: “Early results from the Regional Nursing Home Quality and Safety Improvement Collaborative have shown that the use of tools, such as those in the toolkit, have great potential to improve falls assessment and management in care homes. This is another step in helping to improve the safety and quality of life for older people in our care.”
Speaking at the launch, Connie Mitchell, Manager of Iveagh House in Banbridge said: “It has been a privilege to work in partnership with the Trust and to help in the development of such a valuable toolkit for the Care Home sector. I have seen the benefits of the Care Home Falls toolkit in our home as we have reduced falls by 25%. This can only be of great benefit to our residents.”
Back row from L to R – Angela McVeigh, Director of Older People & Primary Care, Southern Trust, Jackie Toner, Older People’s Specialist Nurse, Southern Trust; Ann Keppler, Manager, Ashbrook Private Nursing Home, Coalisland; Janet Haines-Wood, Regional Patient Safety Advisor, HSC Safety Forum; Mary McConnell, Falls Clinic, Newry and Jane Green, Nurse Consultant for Older People, Southern Trust. Front row from L to R – Rachel Crozier, Falls Co-ordinator, Southern Trust; Connie Mitchell, Manager, Iveagh House, Banbridge; Mary McKee, Manager, Greenpark Private Nursing Home, Armagh; Nina Daly, Accident Prevention Officer and Janet Dickson Older People’s Specialist Nurse, Southern Trust.