Identifying high risk fallers in residential care facilities

Source: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 2012, 55(3) p. 690-695

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Date of publication: November-December 2012

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study aimed to develop a simple screen using easily collectable measures to identify older people in residential care facilities at a high risk of falls. Fallers and non-fallers were observed for baseline recordings on medical history, medication use, cognition, function and behaviour, and then falls and injuries were recorded over six months. Fallers were found to have worse function, cognition, behaviour and balance and also took more medication. Falling in the past year and antidepressant use were also associated with increased chance of falling. This tool may assist in guiding the development and targeting of interventions to prevent falls.

Length of publication: 5 pages

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