I am a DNS in a 90 bed long term care facility in Vermont. I am looking for unique ideas as to how to prevent falls. We have tried everything in the book I believe and still have too many falls in my opinion. Some of the things we have tried are tab alarms, checking glasses of the residents who fall, checking their footwear, screening by PT , some residents are then put into a program for strenghtening, those are just a few. We also have a weekly falls team meeting to discuss falls that have happened during the week. Staff attending the meeting are myself, the nurse from the unit comes with the incident report and reads it to the team, other members are PT, Act director, LNA 's . Any new ideas to prevent falls, would be greatly appreciated. I also should mention that our facility has 90 beds, 50 are a combination of short term rehab.. long term care and Palliative, the other unit is 40 beds which is a Dementia Unit where the largest portion of our falls occur.
Thank-you in advance!