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On the job tips: Managing the risk of falls and trips in care homes

Author: Educare Staffing | Posted: 5th December 2016 | Category: General News, Uncategorized

The prevention and management of falls is an important issue in maintaining quality of life and independence for older people, particularly for those living in care homes.

According to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), older people living in care homes are three times more likely to fall than those living in the community.

“All older people at risk of falls should be given a comprehensive risk assessment which can be arranged by a care home or GP. There are also a number of simple things older people can do themselves to prevent falling over, from having regular health checks to finding out how to do strength and balance exercises.”


Whilst anyone can have a fall, Alzheimer’s Society highlight that older people are more vulnerable and likely to fall, particularly if they have a long-term health condition such as dementia or Parkinson’s disease. Although most falls do not result in serious injury, there is always a risk that a fall could lead to a fracture.

There are many reasons elderly people are more at risk, such as physical frailty, physical inactivity, taking multiple medications and the unfamiliarity of new surroundings.


Managing director of Sunrise Care home, Kara Hooper, has revealed her top tips to prevent falls in a care home:

“At Sunrise, we have a ‘whole team’ approach to checking the surrounding environment on a daily basis, ensuring that there are no trip hazards in any of the residents’ rooms, such as rugs and clutter which could risk an incident.

“Ensuring that appropriate footwear is worn at all times by residents and carers, and every resident has a regular review with their GP to reduce and monitor any medications that may contribute to falls.

More ways to prevent falls in care homes include:

  • Adapt the physical environment to include hand rails, sensory lighting and bold colours;
  • Use slip resistance flooring and provide suitable footwear;
  • Check the positioning of furniture;
  • Avoid trip hazards;
  • Keep objects within easy reach;
  • Label the environment;
  • Provide multiple and accessible seating areas both inside and out;
  • Offer daily exercises and physical activities;
  • Arrange regular visits from opticians, GP’s and chiropodists;
  • Train staff to manage and reduce the risk of falls.

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