Each year, about half of all those living in residential institutions will experience a decline. For some residents, the fall can occur several times a week. Although not all falls lead to serious injuries, a fall can lead to serious consequences, including hip fractures and head injuries, and can lead to death.
The National Research Institute on Aging (NARI) holds a workshop on fall prevention strategies in residential institutions on Thursday, May 19, from 9.30 to 12.30.
The workshop will discuss the latest evidence-based strategies to improve fall relief, which older care staff can incorporate into their own services.
This evidence-based workshop will cover: the causes and risk factors for falls; effective screening and risk assessment of falls; proven fall prevention strategies; and how to apply evidence in real conditions.
The workshop will be led by Acting NARI Director Associate Professor Francis Batchelor and Physiotherapist Sue Williams.
Batchelor is a physiotherapist and senior researcher at NARI. Her research interests include fall prevention in public, dormitory and hospital settings; detection and treatment of mild balance dysfunction in cohorts such as small stroke and transient ischemic attack; and the link between technology and aging.
Williams is a physiotherapist working in both research and clinical practice for nearly three decades. Her research interests include balance, fall prevention, stroke rehabilitation, workforce reconstruction, service delivery and the well-being of older people. At NARI, Sue has worked as a physiotherapist and project manager on numerous research projects.