on Residents First programming shows early improvements
Falls per month decrease consistently
since implementation of falls reduction program
Specialty Care Mississauga Road released in
its February newsletter the results of a new study investigating the
decrease in falls per month between 2009 and 2010.
The greatest decrease in total falls per month at the home occurred
between November 2009 and November 2010, a decrease of 72 per cent,
followed by October, which saw a decrease of 52 per cent.
Each month, of the four consecutive months reviewed, showed a decrease
in total falls.
The long-term care home says it was hoping for even more improvement,
but notes the month-by-month analysis consistently shows a positive
trend, which is encouraging.
Mississauga Road’s percentage of residents who have had a recent
fall is 13.4 per cent, which is below the provincial average of 13.8
The latest analysis shows the fall rate has decreased by 22 totals
“Overall, the real change occurred in the last six months of
2010 after formal quality improvement tools were implemented,”
says director of care Ilona Turczyn.
“An overall decrease of 38 per cent in the number of falls was
achieved, during the last six months of 2010 in comparison to the
previous year of 2009,” she adds.
The decrease in falls has been a focus of the
Residents First team that has prioritized falls prevention and management.
Residents First is a provincial initiative supporting long-term care
homes to provide an environment for residents that enhances their
quality of life.
The program began in 2010 and is being implemented over a five-year
Residents First is funded by the Ontario Health Quality Council (OHQC),
that provides training in five key areas, including falls prevention.
A home is free to identify an initiative to focus on, and Residents
First provides guidance, education and the tools to make it a success.
The falls-prevention program was implemented in May and June 2010
by a small team of staff representatives from nursing, restorative
care, housekeeping and recreation.
Falls are common amongst the elderly population, often having serious
consequences, decreasing a person’s quality of life and ability
While not all falls and injuries can be prevented, a falls management
program can assess, intervene, monitor and minimize the risk of falls.
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