We Need Fall Prevention Training

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Introduction Injuries resulting from falls are a serious health concern, especially with the growing elderly population. In adults aged 65 or more, injuries are the sixth leading cause of death and falls are the leading cause of these injuries (Al-Faisal, 2006, p. 5). Injuries from these falls may also reduce a person’s mobility and independence. “In the United States, one in every three older adults falls each year. In 1997, nearly 9,000 persons aged >65 years died from falls. Of those who fall, 20%-30% sustain moderate to severe injuries that reduce mobility and independence and increase the risk for premature death” (Al-Faisal, 2006, p. 5). We need fall prevention training set up in communities and in people’s homes to limit the…show more content…
Changing or modifying a person’s environment is a major component of fall prevention and occupational therapists are trained to make those modifications. Fall prevention is in the occupational therapy scope of practice, there is a need for fall prevention, and there is research to support the idea. In our scope of practice Fall prevention falls within the occupational therapy scope of practice as defined by the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain & Process. Under the occupations occupational therapists treat is a safety and emergency maintenance category. The definition of safety and emergency maintenance is “knowing and performing preventive procedures to maintain a safe environment; recognizing sudden, unexpected hazardous situations; and initiating emergency action to reduce the threat to health and safety” (2014, p. S20). This is also the definition of fall prevention and it falls under the occupational therapists scope of practice. In an article titled Occupational Therapy in Fall Prevention: Current Evidence and Future Directions the author mentions that occupational therapy practitioners are uniquely qualified to address the multifactor nature of falls, given their knowledge of factors that influence occupational performance (Leland et. All, 2012, p. 149). Occupational therapists are trained to deal with a person’s physical environment, which includes their home, work, and
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