Falls Management

While we have all had a sudden trip from time to time, it is vital to take the appropriate measures to minimise and prevent risks associated with falling to reduce the likelihood of further falls, injury or harm and prolong independence and quality of life as we age.

How can WDHS help you in preventing falls??

When you are in hospital: All patients over 65 will be screened using a Falls Risk Assessment Tool on admission or at pre-admission clinic, this helps the staff decide what particular strategies will help keep you safe from falls. Staff in the hospital can organise for a Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist to see you either in hospital or once you go home – please ask the staff if you are interested.

National Preventing Falls and Harm from Falls Best Practice (Hospitals, Community, Aged Care Facilities)

Things you and your family can do include:

- Bringing in your own walking frame/stick
- Bringing in glasses and hearing aides
- Having proper fitting shoes/slipper instead of floppy slide-on shoes – remember you don’t feel yourself when in hospital.
- Having the call bell close by in case you need help – use it to call for assistance if you need to get up and aren’t feeling 100%
- Keeping the rooms free of clutter
- Turn the light on at night when getting up

Falls Prevention Handout for Patients and Carers                        
"Don't Fall for it; Falls can be prevented" booklet (English, Chinese, Italian, Greek, German, Polish)

If you are living in the community there are a number of outpatient options:

   - Balance Clinic –                   - Physical Activity Program -   
Balance  
                 Monday - 9am Start Staying Strong;
                             - 10am Heart Take Part                         
                 Wednesday - 10am & 11am Start Staying Strong
                 Thursday - 10am Bones Better Best   
                                                       

 

 

- Falls and Balance Exercise Class (Patients must be referred by a Physiotherapist or Exercise Physiologist). An exercise class aimed towards helping improve balance and mobility, muscular strength, cardiovascular system, endurance and bone strength.
- Physiotherapy 1:1 appointments
- Occupational Therapy home visits

  Aged Care Information Sheets
Changed Behaviour - Anger and Aggression Medicines 
Changed Behaviour - Loss of Inhibition Physical Restraint
Changed Behaviour - Noisy Pressure Injuries
Changed Behaviour - Wandering Skin Care
Constipation Skin Tears
Dehydration Sleep
Delirium Swallowing
Depression Teeth and Mouth
Falls Unplanned Weight Loss