Evidence-Based Fall Reduction Program for Senior Living Communities: A Pilot Program

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/152228
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Presentation
Title:
Evidence-Based Fall Reduction Program for Senior Living Communities: A Pilot Program
Abstract:
Evidence-Based Fall Reduction Program for Senior Living Communities: A Pilot Program
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2008
Author:Lamb, Karen V., DNP
P.I. Institution Name:Rush University/ Mather LifeWays
Title:Associate Professor
[Evidence-based Practice Session - Paper or Poster Presentation] As the leading cause of injury-related death, falls are a foremost safety issue for adults age 65 and older. In 2003 more than 13,700 deaths of older adults were caused by fall-related injuries. In 2000, the direct medical costs for falls among older adults were approximately $19 billion. Older adults, regardless of living setting are at risk for falls and associated injuries. It has been estimated that 30% of community-dwelling older adults fall at least once each year. The problem is even more pronounced in nursing homes, with 50% of residents falling annually and the consequences more likely to be a serious injury such as a laceration, fracture, or need for hospital care. Studies in continuing care retirement communities have estimated fall rates between 34 and 57%. SAFE-TI, the Fall Reduction Program used current evidence to provide Continuing Care Retirement Communities with the knowledge and tools needed to implement a comprehensive approach to implementing a fall reduction program. This approach includes a ôtrain-the-trainerö educational session that provides a hands-on approach to using the toolkit. Unique aspects of the SAFE-TI program include a focus on self-assessment of risks by residents and an exercise component that emphasizes strength and balance training. The toolkit is comprised of assessment tools and specific-risk based nursing interventions. In addition the SAFE-TI program includes detailed information on implementing a multidisciplinary fall reduction committee. Thirteen senior living communities participated in the 6 month evaluation of the program. The overall effectiveness of the training program was rated a 3.8 on a scale of 1 - 4. Findings from the participants' ratings of usefulness of components of the toolkit will be outlined. Fall rates and injury rates pre and post implementation of the SAFE-TI program will be presented. Finally, barriers to program implementation identified by participating organizations will be discussed.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleEvidence-Based Fall Reduction Program for Senior Living Communities: A Pilot Programen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/152228-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Evidence-Based Fall Reduction Program for Senior Living Communities: A Pilot Program</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2008</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Lamb, Karen V., DNP</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Rush University/ Mather LifeWays</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Associate Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">karen_v_lamb@rush.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Evidence-based Practice Session - Paper or Poster Presentation] As the leading cause of injury-related death, falls are a foremost safety issue for adults age 65 and older. In 2003 more than 13,700 deaths of older adults were caused by fall-related injuries. In 2000, the direct medical costs for falls among older adults were approximately $19 billion. Older adults, regardless of living setting are at risk for falls and associated injuries. It has been estimated that 30% of community-dwelling older adults fall at least once each year. The problem is even more pronounced in nursing homes, with 50% of residents falling annually and the consequences more likely to be a serious injury such as a laceration, fracture, or need for hospital care. Studies in continuing care retirement communities have estimated fall rates between 34 and 57%. SAFE-TI, the Fall Reduction Program used current evidence to provide Continuing Care Retirement Communities with the knowledge and tools needed to implement a comprehensive approach to implementing a fall reduction program. This approach includes a &ocirc;train-the-trainer&ouml; educational session that provides a hands-on approach to using the toolkit. Unique aspects of the SAFE-TI program include a focus on self-assessment of risks by residents and an exercise component that emphasizes strength and balance training. The toolkit is comprised of assessment tools and specific-risk based nursing interventions. In addition the SAFE-TI program includes detailed information on implementing a multidisciplinary fall reduction committee. Thirteen senior living communities participated in the 6 month evaluation of the program. The overall effectiveness of the training program was rated a 3.8 on a scale of 1 - 4. Findings from the participants' ratings of usefulness of components of the toolkit will be outlined. Fall rates and injury rates pre and post implementation of the SAFE-TI program will be presented. Finally, barriers to program implementation identified by participating organizations will be discussed.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T11:28:30Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T11:28:30Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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