Falls are frequently caused by multiple risk factors rather than a single risk factor. Falls risk factors can vary in different health settings (community, hospital and residential aged care) and there are different strategies that can be put in place to reduce the risk of falls.
For more information on guidelines and differences between settings see:
- The WA Falls Prevention Health Networks Model of Care; and
- The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care’s Falls Prevention Guidelines.
For a complete list of the evidence and reference documents used to inform the information found on the Stay On Your Feet® website, visit the Evidence and Reference Documents page.
Although the Stay On Your Feet WA® program engages with all settings, it’s principle focus is the prevention of falls in older adults in the community setting.
What is Move Improve Remove?
Move Improve Remove represents an approach to Stay On Your Feet®. Move Your Body, Improve Your Health and Remove Hazards are three steps for older adults to help prevent slips, trips and falls so they can stay on their feet and get on with enjoying the fun things in life.
Move your body
Improve your health
For evidence of the strategies that help to reduce falls click here
For more information about exercise programs click here.
The Department of Health Western Australia has developed the falls prevention information website which is designed for healthcare professionals, working in WA, who care for patients at risk of falls. Included on the website is an Inpatient falls prevention webpage which has information regarding the Best Practice Guidelines for Australian Hospitals and Standard 10.
Other useful tools for the hospital setting:
- Falls Prevention online learning;
- Falls in Hospital – A doctor’s guide to prevention and management;
- Falls Risk Assessment and Management Plan (FRAMP); and
- How to use the FRAMP PowerPoint.
Residential aged care
The Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care has developed falls prevention guidelines for preventing falls and harm from falls in older people in Residential Aged Care including the:
- 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
- a range of factsheets for different members of the multi-disciplinary team and consumers.
Video: Falls Prevention Training Session Development of a Falls Framework for Bethanie Residential Aged Care
Presenter: Felicity Beaulieu
Falls in kids
For information regarding children’s falls, please contact Kidsafe WA.