Falls in nursing homes are an unfortunate, yet common occurrence. Studies show that approximately half of nursing home residents in the United States fall each year, and a 2014 report by the Office of the Inspector General found that nearly 10% of adverse events experienced by Medicare skilled nursing facility residents were falls resulting in significant injury. Falls also continue to be one of the top SNF survey citations.

While not all falls can be prevented, facilities ongoing efforts should focus on improving systems for assessing, intervening, and monitoring residents to decrease falls and fall-related injuries. A key area that should be highlighted in any Fall Management Program is effective care planning that considers risk identification and implementing individualized interventions to address assessment findings with root cause analysis following fall events.

Invest in your fall prevention efforts by joining us on February 23, 2022, for the live webinar: Care Planning for Fall Prevention as part of our Winning the Fall Prevention Battle series. This session focuses on effective care planning for fall prevention using an interdisciplinary approach with an emphasis on addressing resident goals, preferences, and fall risk factors.  Regulatory requirements and common areas of deficiencies will be reviewed related to fall care planning with suggested strategies to promote sustained compliance.   The discussion, lead by Proactive experts, will address complicating factors such as restraints, cognitive impairment, supervision, and repeated falls in addition to considerations for ensuring interventions are reasonable, effective, and consistently applied.   Best practices for maintaining and updating care plans using an interdisciplinary approach, and in tracking/documenting outcomes of interventions will be covered.

 

Learn more and register at https://www.proactivemedicalreview.com/winning-the-fall-prevention-battle/

 

 

Blog By: Eleisha Wilkes, RN, GERO-BC, RAC-CT, DNS-CT
Clinical Consultant

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