Falls Awareness, Prevention and Management

This training builds awareness of the physical, psychological, social and environmental factors associated with falls.

The course builds empathy and understanding of the impact of falls on people by using a practical experiential exercise which simulates some aspects of sensory loss. This highlights the risk of falls associated with poor vision and common eye conditions such as cataracts and macular degeneration.

The course raises awareness of the risk of falls and explores falls prevention and management in a relevant way to the work setting of the participants. For example: if staff are working in the community in a person’s own home the strategy and intervention towards falls prevention is individualised to that person and their own environment. If the participants are working in an inpatient setting the considerations of design, layout and lighting of the ward are important. The risk and potential management of people at risk of falling due to dementia or confusion is also covered as many older people are living with more than one medical condition which makes prevention of falls more complex.

This course has been successfully delivered to both inpatient and community staff over several years for an NHS Community Trust.

Learning Objectives

Gain empathy and understanding of the impact of falls on people

Gain awareness into the physical, psychological, social and environmental factors associated with falls

Demonstrate a greater insight into the way personal and environmental risk factors can increase the possibility of falls

Understand some of the ways in which participants can anticipate and minimise the likelihood of falls within their working environment

Purpose

Gain awareness and develop skills to proactively manage the risk of falls

Develop increased empathy for the impact of ageing and vulnerability on people

Build confidence and skill managing falls

Benefits

Reduce the risk of falls within working area

Manage falls more effectively

Participants

Staff working in hospital, Day Centres, Community settings

Registered Nurses, Nursing Assistants, Ward Support staff, Therapists, Therapy Assistants, Care Workers

Size of Group

Up to 25 people with Two Trainers

Up to 12 if one Trainer

This course contains practical experiential exercises and therefore the group size is limited for reasons of safety and supervision

Time

A Full Day course


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