Fall Prevention Focused Learning

Fall Prevention Focused Learning 

Falls can cause serious bodily injury, head trauma, anxiety, and sometimes death. Falling can permanently limit a person’s mobility and independence. People with intellectual disabilities are at an increased risk for falls, so support staff need to be aware of risk factors both internal and in the environment to minimize the risk of falls occurring. In this course, you will learn why falls occur, how you can prevent them, and some basic information on responding to falls.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals


This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

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


Course Details

Course Code: REL-IDD-0-FPFL
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 10/31/2020
Learning Objectives:
Define a fall and the potential consequences of falling.
List unique fall risk characteristics that affect people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Identify and correct external factors that increase the risk of falls for people with I/DD and implement strategies to prevent them.
Apply fall prevention strategies, including the use of support devices and methods to assist with an unsteady walking pattern.

Section 1. Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Fall Risks A. What Is a Fall? B. The Costs C. Injury and Trauma D. Falling and Disability E. Why Do People Fall? F. Extrinsic Risk Factors G. Intrinsic Risk Factors H. A Higher Risk Group I. Identifying Risks J. Review K. Section Summary Section 3: Environmental Risk Factors A. Diana’s Apartment B. Eliminate Environmental Hazards C. Preventing Falls during Transportation D. Equipment Check E. Fall Prevention Devices F. Section Summary Section 4: Minimizing Fall Risk A. Preventing Falls B. Risk Assessments C. Responding to a Fall D. Post-Fall Assessment E. Fall Patrol F. Jane’s Fall G. Section Summary Section 5: Conclusion A. Course Summary B. Put Into Practice C. Course Contributor D. References E. Congratulations!

Instructor: Robin Correll, PhD, MSN
Robin Correll is a registered nurse with over 15 years of experience working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Dr. Correll received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing Degree in Nursing in 1994 from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She graduated with a Masters of Science in Nursing in 1999 from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Dr. Correll received her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama in 2012. Dr. Correll has a wide variety of clinical experience and has worked in acute care, long-term care, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and behavioral health. Dr. Correll has been with RHA Health Services, Inc. since 1999 and currently serves as the Vice President of Nursing Services. Dr. Correll oversees nursing and clinical services in North Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee. Disclosure: Robin Correll, PhD, MSN 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 Support Professionals; in the following settings: Intellectual Developmental Disabilities.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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