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Preventing Falls After Discharge

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Falls in older adults are often serious, resulting in functional decline, reduced quality of life, loss of independence and in severe cases, even death. It is estimated that about 40% of older adults fall within six months of discharge, with 50% of these incidents resulting in injury.

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Falls in older adults are often serious, resulting in functional decline, reduced quality of life, loss of independence and in severe cases, even death. While about 75% of injury-related hospitalisations among older adults (over 65) are caused by falls, hospitalisation is also a major falls risk factor in itself. Falls are among the most common clinical incidents, with the risks only increasing the longer the patient remains in acute care - sometimes even for patients who were not initially at risk of falling.

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Debra Curran
03 Mar 2021
Excellent article on falls risks after hospital discharge.
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Dominique Fowler
19 Aug 2020
Falls are always at the forefront of an aged care nurse!
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Jacqui Simao
21 Aug 2020
48% clients discharging home experience a fall within 6 months. Falls awareness and prevention is directly relevant to acute care and community care providers alike.
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Laxmi C
19 Oct 2021
This resource is very informative for the aged care worker and elderly peoples living at home. This resource provides the appropriate education to the elderly people how to implement the falls prevention strategies.
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Gavin Symes
16 Dec 2020
Helpful insight into the various factors that may increase falls risk and ways to address those factors
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Suzanne McLachlan
26 Aug 2020
Resourceful, clear concise and very relevant.
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Carolyn Dalton
25 Aug 2020
Good falls reminder
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Jovana Rapaic
06 Sep 2020
Good resource and to the point .
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Raksha Maharaj
02 Sep 2020
Great read
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Bina Baniya
28 Mar 2021
Great resource
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