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, based on the risk factors involved.
For more information on the different health settings and guidelines, see:
- The WA Falls Prevention Health Networks Model of Care
- 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 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, its primary focus is the prevention of falls in older adults in the community 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:
- Falls Prevention online learning
- Falls in Hospital – A doctor’s guide to prevention and management
- Falls Risk Assessment and Management Plan (FRAMP)
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.
Video: Falls Prevention Training Session Development of a Falls Framework for Bethanie Residential Aged Care
Presenter: Felicity Beaulieu
Falls in Children
For information regarding falls in children, please contact Kidsafe WA.
Apps and technology
- Trails Making Test (Trails) is a neuropsychological test of visual attention and task switching. It can provide information about visual search speed, scanning, speed of processing, mental flexibility, and executive functioning. It can also detect cognitive impairments such as Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.
- Fear of Falling: Icon-FES
- iGeriatrics is a Mobile App developed by the American Geriatrics society which includes information on falls.