Fall Prevention: Developing a fall prevention program

When developing a fall prevention program, you’ll begin by identifying the people at risk for falls. This can be done using a fall risk assessment scale. A fall risk assessment and posture assessment should be done at least on a yearly basis and as needed, especially when there has been a change in health or mental status or a change in medications.

  • Identify any environmental risk factors using a home safety checklist.
  • Once problems have been identified, suggest or make possible modifications.

An initial evaluation form should be completed to identify a individuals risk for falling.

This assessment should include a discussion of medical conditions discussed and how they may contribute to falling. These include any cardiovascular disease causing low blood pressure, dizziness or lightheadedness, neurological or cognitive disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, stroke, or any disorder that affects the person’s gait or balance. Also, be sure to assess and document any musculoskeletal disorders such as muscle weakness, arthritis and body asymmetry or postural issues.  Document any history of previous falls.

For the complete program see this resource:

Fall Prevention Program of Rhode Island