We recently received the following question from a Tuesday Tip reader:
“We are looking for…data collection and analysis tools providers have found that are useful on the prevention and reduction of falls with elderly patients. Any suggestions would be appreciated.”
Falls and fall-related injuries are a serious concern for Assisted Living and Residential Care providers. In addition to good fall response procedures and appropriate incident reports, it can be helpful for providers to track and trend falls. If you notice trends, such as most falls happening at night or most often occurring in resident bedrooms, this data can help you fine tune your policies, procedures, and plan of care.
To help you get started on tracking falls, we have provided you with our Monthly Fall Tracking Log. The Microsoft Excel version will automatically tabulate fall location data for you.