This three (3) session course covers a number of critical issues associated with elders in the prevention of or response to fall injuries. This includes general strategies for working with older people, developing fall prevention plans and implementing targeted interventions for specific individuals.

This competence is about working directly with older people, and where appropriate their carers, to assess their risk of falls.

The assessment may be aimed at primary or secondary prevention of falls and may take place on an ad hoc basis or as part of a structured program for identifying older people at risk of falls.

The process should involve a holistic assessment of each individual and his or her specific needs. Users of this competence will need to ensure that practice reflects up to date information and policies.

This competence is about working directly with older people and their
carers to develop and agree individualized care plans to reduce the risk of falls. It covers agreeing the goals and component parts of the care plan, and identifying services or agencies which are appropriate and available to provide the required interventions.

In the context of this competence older people are those with a history of recurrent falls or those assessed at increased risk of falling. In line with best practice, individualized care plans for older people at risk of falls involve multi factorial intervention programs focused on the individual’s particular risk factors. Users of this competence will need to ensure that practice reflects up to date information and policies.

This competence is about working in partnership with older people and their carers, to implement interventions in the context of their agreed individualized care plans to reduce their risk of falls.

It covers confirming the nature, purpose and goals of the interventions, implementing the interventions and monitoring the outcomes. In the context of this competence older people are those with a history of recurrent falls or those assessed at increased risk of falling. Interventions will be implemented as part of a multi-factorial intervention program focused on the individual’s particular risk factors. Users of this competence will need to ensure that practice reflects up to date information and policies.