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Fall prevention: One step at a time

March 4, 2015
by Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor
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Assisted living is a semi-independent environment for seniors, Residents move their “lifestyle” to a new location, which includes their furniture and personal possessions. During the relocation, families may be unconsciously introducing safety hazards into the new environment.  

To avoid these mistakes in setting up a loved ones' new home, the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) Customer Relations Committee Risk Management Workgroup has developed an educational handout to inform clients and consumers about the potential risks for falls and how families can help manage this risk.

“A Conversation About Falls in Assisted Living” answers frequently asked questions, generating communication between families and staff. Talk with family members about how to declutter rooms for safety. Also included are tips for residents, such as wearing wearing proper footwear and using assistance devices—such as walkers or canes—if needed.

NCAL suggests that assisted living providers include this downloadable handout in admission packets, or have it on hand when a discussion on fall risk occurs.

Not every fall can be prevented, but residents and family members can a part of the solution in reducing the risk of a fall.