Residents in assisted living will fall; this is a reality of the population we care for. As a care provider it is critically important that you educate your staff in proper fall response procedures, including seeking medical attention and notifying families/responsible parties when a fall occurs. It is also important to set clear expectations with residents and their loved ones that you cannot prevent all falls. Some falls will occur, despite your best efforts.
With that said, there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of falls. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have excellent resources available on fall prevention in older adult. Including:
- Check for Safety: A Home Fall Prevention Checklist for Older Adults
- What You Can Do to Prevent Falls – Brochure
- What You Can Do to Prevent Falls – Poster
- Community-Based Fall Prevention Guides