Preventing Falls

Preventing Falls 

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities, or IDD, are at an increased risk of falls. Falls can cause serious injury and death. Falling can permanently limit a person’s mobility and independence. Direct support professionals, or DSPs, need to be aware of the dangers and risks of falls. In this course, you will learn why falls occur, how you can prevent them, and how to respond if someone does fall. The goal of this course is to provide DSPs in IDD services with knowledge of falls risks and prevention.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals


This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-IDD-0-PFIDD
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 5/31/2026
Learning Objectives:
Define a fall and the potential consequences of falling.
List factors that increase the risk of falls.
Identify strategies to prevent falls.
List the steps to respond to a fall.

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: The Dangers of Falls

Brenda’s Fall

What Is a Fall?

Falls Are Dangerous

Why Do People Fall?

Responding to a Fall

SPLATT Post-Fall Review

SPLATT for Brenda



Section 3: Personal Factors

Personal Factors

Mobility Needs

Impaired Vision

Medical Needs

Age-Related Changes

People with IDD Are at Higher Risk

Fall Risk Assessments

Safety Devices




Section 4: External Factors

External Risks

Risks in the Environment

Risks at Home

Do a Walkthrough

Risks Away from Home


Risk in Daily Activities


High-Risk Activities




Section 5: Conclusion


Course Contributors




Instructor: Katy Kunst, MBA, QIDP
Katy Kunst received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her Master of Business Administration from Elon University. She has 14 years of experience serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their supporters, including roles as direct support professional, program director, and training facilitator. She has created and facilitated training on topics including non-violent crisis interventions, person-centered planning, cultural competence, quality service delivery, regulatory compliance, and a variety of topics related to IDD services. Disclosure: Katy Kunst, MBA, QIDP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Expert Reviewer: Jennifer W. Burks, R.N., M.S.N.

Jennifer W. Burks, R.N., M.S.N. has over 25 years of clinical and teaching experience, and her areas of expertise are critical care and home health. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Virginia in 1993 and her Master of Science in Nursing from The University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 1996. Her professional practice in education is guided by a philosophy borrowed from Florence Nightingale’s Notes on Nursing, “I do not pretend to teach her how, I ask her to teach herself, and for this purpose, I venture to give her some hints.” 

Disclosure: Jennifer W. Burks, R.N., M.S.N. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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