Managing the “risk of choice” in a consumer-led aged care environment is complex, say providers following premature deaths report.
There are fresh calls for a coordinated national falls prevention strategy in light of new figures showing falls accounted for the vast majority of premature deaths in aged care.
There is simply not enough research done in residential aged care to truly understand falls, their causes and to evaluate a range of interventions, writes Dr Frances Batchelor.
Staying Active and On Your Feet is a consumer-friendly resource aimed at reducing the risk of falls among older people in the community.
An iPad-like smart floor from Denmark promising to revolutionise staff management, falls response and behaviour analysis in aged care has been launched in Australia.
Targeted research is required to develop effective practical interventions to prevent falls amongst older people with dementia, a leading expert on falls has said.
RESEARCH: Neuroscience Australia recently showed Technology Review its high-tech quests for a solution to the persistent rates of falls among seniors.
With April marking ‘falls awareness month’, Stephen Lord and Kim Delbaere discuss how traditional video games like Tetris and Word Scramble are being used to prevent falls.
Researchers from the University of Melbourne and Austin Health are investigating whether two extra serves of dairy food a day can reduce falls and fractures among aged care residents.
Professor Keith Hill argues for a national commitment to reduce the unacceptably high rate of falls related deaths and hospitalisations.
Work on electronic advanced care planning gathers pace; university-provider collaboration investigates falls program; participants sought for study on exercise and brain function.
A pilot study into the benefits of yoga to improve balance and mobility in older people has reported significant results, paving the way for a bigger study looking at the potential role of yoga in falls prevention.
Australian governments should consider implementing a home safety design ratings scheme to improve safety for seniors in the home and reduce government spending on health care, say architects.
The importance of maintaining strength and balance is the message many health agencies are spreading to health professionals for the month of April, also known as April No Falls, to educate and raise awareness about falls prevention measures.