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Fall Prevention

Course #: 014-1310

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CE Credit Hours: 1.50 Continuing Education Credit Hours

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Course Description

CEU Course Description

Fall prevention is a crucial aspect of rehabilitation in hospitals and skilled nursing facilities. Falls can impact any population, but they are especially common in older adults due to an increase in risk factors that make them more likely to experience a fall. A fall, especially one that results in injury, can complicate an older adult’s discharge plan from an institutional setting. If a fall occurs within the home, this can lead an older adult to be admitted to a nursing facility. For these reasons, fall prevention is a hot topic in geriatric care settings.  But there are many other populations that can benefit from preventive intervention in this area. Patients taking certain medications, those with a history of seizures, individuals with neurological conditions, and more are all appropriate for fall prevention interventions. Occupational therapists are well-equipped to intervene in the area of fall prevention. Therapists can analyze internal and external factors that place someone at risk for a fall, assess their physical and mental functions, and offer a range of educational, technological, and environmental interventions. Fall prevention intervention should be a large part of every therapist’s skill set, since it can be very helpful for any population.

CEU Course Objectives

  1. Identify occupational therapy’s role in fall prevention.
  2. Articulate the evidence behind home modifications, balance education, and gait training for fall prevention.
  3. Define what energy conservation techniques are and assert their role in preventing falls.
CEU Course Outline
  • Section 1: Introduction
  • Section 2: Prevalence and Impact of Falls
  • Section 3 Outcome of Falls
  • Section 4: Risk Factors for Falls
  • Section 5: Rehabilitation's Role in Fall Prevention
  • Section 6: The Evaluation of Patients at Risk of Falling
  • Section 7: Environmental Modifications
  • Section 8: Person-Centered Interventions
  • Section 9: Fall Protocol 
  • Section 10: Case Study
  • Section 11: Case Study Review
  • Section 12: Case Study
  • Section 13: Case Study Review
  • References 

Educational Level: Introductory

Target Audience: Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants

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Course Date: 2022-07-11

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