This Course will look at the psychosocial health of people who are at risk of falls, and discuss ways to provide the care that will meet their needs.
- Use your knowledge of psychosocial factors that impact on falls risk in order to better prevent falls in high risk patients and consequent negative health outcomes
- Undertake a recommended comprehensive psychosocial assessment on patients to ascertain risk of falling and plan required prevention interventions
- What is psychosocial health?
- Social and spiritual health
- Psychological and emotional health
Nurses and other allied health professionals working in inpatient wards of public and private hospitals and residential aged care facilities.
Feel adequately informed and skilled at providing psychosocial care to the person who has experienced, or is at risk of, falling.
There is limited literature on the contribution and influence a patient’s psychosocial health has on their fall risk, with literature tending to focus on physical and health risk factors only. Additionally, there is little—no literature on the positive aspects of wellbeing and its relation to fall risk. However, limited evidence does show that depression is associated with falling in short-term studies. For example, depression may affect falling via psychotropic medication, lack of concentration, poor self-care, low energy, and a slower response to the environment. There is also limited evidence that shows cognitive impairment leads to an increased fall risk. Nurses and other health professionals are in a unique position to frequently monitor patients and their psychosocial care in relation to falls. Nurses need to be more inclusive of patient’s sexuality, spirituality, optimism and hope when assessing psychosocial care and quality of life as these subjects can be the least explored by staff with their patients. This barrier can adversely affect falls prevention.
Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.
Diana Clayton is a clinical nurse consultant who works for Peninsula Health in the Falls Prevention Service. She initially set up the inpatient falls prevention program and currently oversees the program in the subacute and residential care settings. She has been in her current role for 13 years and has presented at a number of conferences over that time. She is a passionate advocate for falls prevention across the whole health spectrum.