Falls Prevention Training Program
May 1, 2012 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance
Staff education is essential to the success of an organization’s falls prevention program. Indeed, postevent analyses of falls often identify incomplete staff orientation and training, particularly of new staff, as one of several contributing factors for serious falls. Staff orientation, as well as periodic in-service programs, should provide education about the organization’s policies and procedures for falls prevention and management, including its approach to assessing residents for falls risks, its falls prevention protocols, and its falls response procedures.
To help facilities implement their falls prevention programs, the Continuing Care Risk Management(CCRM)System has developed this training program to educate organizational staff on the intrinsic (resident-specific) and extrinsic (environmental) risks of falling, emphasizing initial and ongoing resident and environmental assessment as well as falls prevention strategies. The training packet includes the following resources to help organizations coordinate,...