- Critical evaluation of falls prevention education to staff...
Critical evaluation of falls prevention education to staff within residential homes: An analytical report. Illustrate your essay with specific examples.
Falls and their consequences especially in residential homes are
a leading cause of death in elderly population especially people 75
years and older and it represents a major cause of
disability in older people, posing a serious threat to their health
and well being and about one third to one half of the
people aged over 65 fall each year. (National Service
Framework(NSF) for Older People, 2001). They place a major
burden on the family members, making excessive demands on the
health care professionals especially the nursing staff and strain
on the resources of institutions (Davis, 1995).
To summarise, it's very common in old age to fall and their
stability and tendency to fall is very much widely recognized and
sometimes rightly or wrongly accepted as a fact of the ageing
process. Falling, among elderly population has got an impact on the
quality of life, health and healthcare costs.Most of the time the
assessment of treatable problems is delayed, which could result in
permanent disability and dependence. There are many significant
medical, social and economic consequences that could follow from
this kind of tendency of old people to fall and this is very
important with the potential increase in the number elderly people
especially the very old people especially in residential homes and
old age homes(Downton,1993).With a problem of the magnitude of
falls amongst elderly people in residential homes ,with the
functional and economic consequences that have been demonstrated,
thought needs to be given to whether either falls or their
consequences can be prevented. . It has been found that
although primary prevention of falls and their complications is a
mammoth task and may not in practice be cost effective,
consideration of the various aspects of primary prevention is
useful to provide pointers towards areas which could provide
benefits for elderly fallers and potential fallers.