Reducing Falls at Friendly Manor (9756 County Rd 2, Greater Napanee)January 1 2016 Ongoing
Hosting Organization: Friendly Manor Nursing Home / LTC
Type of Event: Goal of reducing falls at Friendly Manor
Audience: Health care professionals working with older adults
Friendly Manor is a 60 bed long term care home who set goals to reduce falls in the home. Our goal was achieved and we surpassed our goal. We created a falling star program which identifies residents who are at high risk for falls. Staff work collaboratively with our pharmacist Randy Goodman from Geriatrx and our physiotherapist. Residents at high risk for falls were identified by a star placed on their wheelchair/walker, room door and their chart. All staff were then aware of who was at risk for falls. Interventions for the high risk resident was individualized and an intervention board was placed at the head of the residents bed, with the permission from the resident or POA. Communication was key and staff were kept aware of the interventions and the results of the falls program. Our pharmacist reviewed medications to see if their were any medications that may be contributing to the falls. Our physiotherapist provided appropriate interventions, such as balance and strengthening exercises. All of the interventions helped to reduce the falls.