Understanding Falls

 

The act of falling is a common occurrence among the elderly. Statistically, more than one third of adults ages 65 years and older fall at least once each year. It is the responsibility of all facility staff members to prevent residents from falling. As a staff member in a long-term care facility, it is essential that you are knowledgeable of the common risk factors that contribute to falls among the elderly and your role in the prevention of resident falls.

$20.00

Hours: 0.50
REL-SRC-0-UF

Certificates

Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants

0.5 HOURS


This is not an accredited course for professional license renewal. Florida CNAs may use this inservice toward meeting their annual inservice requirement.This activity is approved for 0.50 contact hours.

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (ALL Direct Care Workers)

0.5 HOURS


Relias Learning, LLC is approved as a Curriculum Developer by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. This activity is approved for 0.50 contact hours for all WA State Direct Care Workers. Training Provider Code: WA0624. CE Approval Code: CO1619344

Non-Licensed Direct Care (DSP, HHA, CNA, DCW, PCA, IHA, NA)

0.5 HOURS


Course Details

Course Code: REL-SRC-0-UF
Hours: 0.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 11/30/2021
Learning Objectives:
List the steps that should be followed if a person falls.
List the most common factors that contribute to falls among the elderly
Recognize the importance of a fall risk assessment
Identify the risk factors that can increase the likelihood of falls among a resident
Recall your role in implementing a successful fall prevention program

Outline:
Section 1: Introduction
A. About This Course
B. Learning Objectives
Section 2: What Causes Falls?
A. Five Most Common Reasons
B. Changes in Gait
C. Sensory Changes
D. Dizziness
E. Environmental Factors
F. Cognitive Impairment
G. Review
Section 3: Fall Risk Assessment
A. Identifying Who is at Risk
B. Risk Factors
C. Review
Section 4: Implementing a Successful Fall Prevention Program
A. Fall Prevention Program
B. Orientation
C. Surroundings
D. Take Your Time
E. Safety Devices
F. Monitor
G. Review
Section 5: Post-Fall Assessment
A. When a Fall Occurs
B. Why and How?
C. When and Where?
D. Personal Contributing Factors
E. Fall History
F. Interventions
G. Review
Section 7: Conclusion
A. Summary
B. Course Contributors
C. Resources
D. References
E. Congratulations

Staff Writer: Karen C. Schnaufer, BSN, RN
Karen C. Schnaufer, BSN, RN, Content Writer, Relias Learning, has held positions as staff nurse, charge nurse, research nurse clinician, and clinical instructor with over 25 years of clinical practice in a broad range of specialties: med/surg, pediatrics, long term care, mental health, research, and IDD. Prior to becoming a Registered Nurse, Ms. Schnaufer successfully challenged the Practical Nursing Boards in NY. After working with the Breast Oncology Research group at Duke, Ms. Schnaufer switched her focus to the area of IDD and worked with individuals with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues, who live in group homes. Among her various responsibilities in this area was to train direct support staff and clinicians in medical issues/medication administration, participate in state surveys, providing and implementing plans of correction, as well as, serving on various committees, such as Human Rights, to help improve the lives of the individuals supported. To this day, she continues to volunteer in this realm. A veteran of the U.S.A.F., Ms. Schnaufer is committed to creating relevant and intelligent continuing education courses for healthcare professionals throughout the continuum of care. Disclosure: Karen C. Schnaufer, BSN, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: entry level Direct Care Workers; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility, Assisted Living, Home Health, Hospice, Long-term Care, Palliative Care, Residential Care.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous Distance Learning with interactivity which includes quizzes with questions/answers, and posttests.
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