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Stay On Your Feet WA® is provided by Injury Matters and funded by the State Government through the Department of Health.

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What works to reduce falls?

Falls are often caused by multiple risk factors.  Falls risk factors can vary across different health settings (community, hospital and residential aged care). Different strategies can be put in place in each setting to reduce the risk of falls, depending on the risk factors involved.

For more information on the different health settings and guidelines, see:

For a complete list of the evidence and reference documents used to inform the Stay On Your Feet® website and resources, please visit the Evidence and Reference Documents page.

The Stay On Your Feet® program engages with all settings, however it’s principle focus is the prevention of falls in older adults in the community setting.

 

Community setting

What is Move Improve Remove?

The Move Improve Remove message was developed by Stay On Your Feet® as a community-based approach to falls prevention. Move Your Body, Improve Your Health and Remove Hazards are three steps  for older adults to stay strong, independent and prevent slips, trips and falls.

Move Your Body

Build Your Balance

Strengthen Your Legs

 

Improve Your Health

Check Your Medicines

Keep a Healthy Mind

Fuel Your Body

Remove Hazards

Make Your Home Safer

Check Your Eyesight

Wear Safe Footwear

For evidence of the strategies that help to reduce falls click here.

For more information about exercise programs click here.

 

Hospital setting

The Department of Health Western Australia has developed a falls prevention information website, designed for health professionals in WA caring for patients at risk of falling. Included on the website is a page on inpatient falls prevention and information regarding the Best Practice Guidelines for Australian Hospitals and Standard 10.

Other useful falls prevention resources for the hospital setting:

 

Residential aged care setting

The Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care has developed the Preventing Falls and Harm From Falls in Older People: Best Practice Guidelines for Australian Hospitals, Residential Aged Care Facilities and Community Care 2009.  Useful resources include:

  • Guidebook for Preventing Falls and Harm From Falls in Older People: Australian Residential Aged Care Facilities 2009;
  • Implementation Guide for Preventing Falls and Harm From Falls in Older People: Best Practice Guidelines for Australian Hospitals and Residential Aged Care Facilities 2009; and
  • Falls factsheets adapted for a range of different health professionals and for consumers.

Guidebook for Preventing Falls and Harm From Falls in Older People

 Video: Falls Prevention Training Session Development of a Falls Framework for Bethanie Residential Aged Care

Presenter: Felicity Beaulieu

Click here to view the presentation.

Falls in Children

For information regarding children’s falls, please contact Kidsafe WA.

 

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