This continuing education course provides occupational therapy practitioners, particularly those working with community-dwelling older adults, with pertinent information regarding falls and fear of falling. It addresses multifaceted fall risk factors, clinical practice guidelines, and strategies for use in implementing evidence-based screenings, evaluations, and interventions for both fall risk and fear of falling. Throughout, it references the American Geriatrics Society/British Geriatrics Society Clinical Practice Guideline: Prevention of Falls in Older Persons (American Geriatrics Society and British Geriatrics Society, 2010), the Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries program (Centers for Disease Control, 2016a; 2016b; 2013), the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework, 3rd edition (American Occupational Therapy Association, 2014), and the goals of the Falls Free®: 2015 National Falls Prevention Action Plan.
By the end of this course, learners will be able to:
- Recall statistics related to falls and fear of falling
- Identify intrinsic and extrinsic fall and fear of falling risk factors
- Recognize the applicability of key elements of the Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries (STEADI) toolkits to occupational therapy practice
- Differentiate between the intervention ratings recommended by the American Geriatrics Society/British Geriatrics Society Clinical Practice Guideline: Prevention of Falls in Older Persons
- Recognize the components of a multifactorial fall risk assessment and related interventions
3 CE HOURS