We assess your medical and health conditions, your home and habits
The falls risk assessment is designed to proactively review your home and health status with the intent of identifying possible risks that may contribute to falls and most importantly giving you a plan to manage the identified risks. It is important to recognise that the risk of falling is never able to be completely eliminated, however, there are often many simple adjustments that can be done to significantly decrease the risk.
Arguably, the single most prevalent event that contributes to a fast track into aged care services, or some loss of independence, is a fall. About 1 in 3 older people will have a fall. Statistics from AIHW Trends in hospitalised injury due to falls in older people 2007-08 to 2016-17, show that 125,000 people over the age of 65 years suffered serious injury as a result of a fall. Common injuries related to falls are fractures, head injuries, and even death. However, even falls with no or minor injury can have serious impacts on quality of life by increasing fear of falls and reducing activity and social connection which then increases the risk of subsequent serious falls. Often when reviewing the circumstance of a fall, it is something seemingly inconsequential that led to the fall, with slips and trips being a common cause and falls involving steps and stairs becoming an increasing risk. 1 in 2 (51%) falls occurred in the home.
There are many factors that are reviewed when considering someone’s risk of a fall. This includes medical diagnosis, medications, the physical environment and physical health state such as strength and balance. Similarly, there are many different strategies to reducing falls risk.
Some questions to consider:
Do you have a sensory impairment?
Have you had a fall in the last year?
Do you have a cognitive impairment?
Do you take more than 3 medications?
Do you have chronic medical diagnosis?
How can Family Aged Care Advocates help you?
- We visit your home.
- We complete an individualised assessment that considers your medical/health condition, your home and habits.
- We provide you with a comprehensive report that identifies the potential risks and provides actions for you to follow up on.
- We help you implement the strategies that are agreed on by you.
- We evaluate the plan at 3 months to see how you are going and identify if there are any further adjustments required.