Preventing falls at Fairview Manor

Emergency Department at Almonte General Hospital
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Posted on: November 26, 2018


Falls are the leading cause of injury among older adults in Canada. Each year, up to one-third of seniors experience a fall. Falls can result in chronic pain, reduced mobility, loss of independence and even death. November is Falls Prevention Month and it’s a great time to think about ways to prevent these injuries. At Fairview Manor, our Falls Prevention Team does just that.

“We want to keep our residents safe and we have a number of measures in place to do so,” explains Karen Buness, Director of Resident Care. At Fairview Manor, residents who are mobile take part in the Walking Restorative Nursing program. It helps them to maintain strength and endurance. Residents also work the Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists from Almonte General Hospital to support safe movement.

“Many of our strategies are relevant for people in their homes as well,” adds Karen. For example, the care team ensures that furniture is well-placed in each room to reduce clutter and potential tripping hazards. Residents are also provided with injury prevention equipment, such as non-skid socks and floor mats.

“If a resident does fall, our Falls Prevention Team reviews the situation and creates resident specific interventions to prevent future falls,” sums up Karen. “We want to ensure that every resident has the best care possible in a safe and caring environment.”

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