Moving Beyond Screening: Effective Assessment and Intervention to Prevent Falls
Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018
Time: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: McDowell Senior Center, 100 Spaulding Rd. Marion, NC 28752
Target Audience: PT, PTA, OT, OTA, RN, LPN, NP, Health Care Managers, who work in in multiple settings including acute care, outpatient, assisted living, skilled nursing facilities, etc.
Description: To address the serious and growing problem of falls among older adults, more health care providers need to understand how to screen, assess, and intervene to decrease falls risk. Evidence-based screening and assessment techniques that can be implemented by health care providers in multiple disciplines already exist, but have not been broadly incorporated into clinical practice. This falls prevention workshop will help health care providers understand how to screen, assess, and intervene to decrease falls among older adults. The workshop will emphasize use of the CDC’s STEADI toolkit and the USA Otago Exercise Program.
Otago Everyday for Falls: Tools to Support Daily Exercise for Fall Prevention — This online training offered through the Carolina Geriatric Education Center is designed to train anyone who is interested in learning more about the Otago Exercise Program. The course costs $10 and provides 1 contact hour of continuing education credit.
*The Otago Exercise Program: Falls Prevention Training — This online training offered through the Carolina Geriatric Education Center is designed for healthcare professionals in geriatric practice. The course costs $35 and provides 3 contact hours of continuing education credit.
STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries) — This Centers for Disease Control (CDC) site has free, interactive online training in falls prevention for pharmacists and for other healthcare providers.
Training in home modifications — This is a series of 5 online courses offered through the University of Southern California. The courses are designed “for professionals who work directly or indirectly in the field of supportive home environments.”