Care homes and falls prevention
Local care homes have been involved with training about falls prevention and bone health over the past years. Many have champions who are taking training back to other staff. Contact the Horizon Centre at Torbay Hospital for the next available Foundation Falls Training on 01803 656600.
The ambulance service have helpful teaching videos that you will find helpful to use for staff training and review particularly what to do when a fall occurs.
Care homes, activity and falls prevention
It is a fact that people thrive with purposeful activity. This is no different for residents in a care home. Activity can help maintain morale, self-esteem, mobility, independence, memory and motivation. Consequently it helps to reduce falls as it can stop agitation, maintain strength and balance and give purpose to an individual. The College of Occupational Therapists have produced an excellent free resource, the Activity Toolkit. It has modules suitable for families looking at care homes for their relatives, staff working in care homes and managers. Access the care homes toolkit.
Each resident should be assessed to see what level of falls risk they have and then interventions put in place and regularly reviewed to ensure that avoidable falls don’t happen.
If you feel that you have put everything in place but your resident continues to fall you can seek professional advice from the zone teams by phoning the Trust on 01803 219700. If you would like advice regarding monitoring systems, for example bed/chair exit sensors, the Trust has the TeleHealthCare Service who can help you. Call 0300 456 4861 (calls charged at local rate).