Originally posted by AndreaMichael:
We want to obtain some critical evaluation of the use of Risk Assessment Tools for predicting falls in the elderly? We have a rehab unit which mostly has over 65's. Does anyone have experience with a tool that reasonably accurately predicts the liklihood of falls so prevention strategies might be implemented??
Here is some information you may be able to use. I found it while looking for Safety resources for the elders.
Falls in Older Persons: Prevention and Management by Rein Tideiksaar (Baltimore, Md.: Health Professions Press, 1998). Aimed at institutionally based healthcare professionals, this book offers an introduction to falls, describes prevention and management approaches and provides a comprehensive bibliography of recent research.
Preventing Patient Falls by Janice E. Morse (Thousand Oaks, Calif.: SAGE Publications, 1996), designed for nurses, other clinicians and health-facility administrators, includes the Morse Fall Scale for gauging risk of falls.
Balance Testing in Older Adults (Fall Prevention Project, Temple University, Philadelphia). This video and accompanying manual introduces three balance tests used by healthcare professionals to detect fall risks, reduce falls and provide rehabilitation for older adults. Also available are the Fall Prevention Program Manual on developing presentations on fall prevention for older adults, and the consumer-orientated brochures "In-Home Safety Check" and "Check It Out," available in nine languages. Contact Roberta A. Newton at (215) 707-4897; e-mail: email@example.com; website: http://www.temple.edu/older_adult.
Remembering When: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults (Quincy, Mass.: National Fire Protection Association Center for High-Risk Outreach, 1999). Developed in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Ga., this manual contains materials such as a trivia game; a home safety checklist; and cards for overhead transparencies that can be used to conduct prevention presentations. Contact the National Fire Protection Association, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02269. "
Hope it helps