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.