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Fall Prevention for Older Adults Receiving Home Healthcare

Bamgbade, Sarah MSN, RN; Dearmon, Valorie DNP, RN, NEA-BC

doi: 10.1097/NHH.0000000000000333
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Falls pose a significant risk for community-dwelling older adults. Fall-related injuries increase healthcare costs related to hospitalization, diagnostic procedures, and/or surgeries. This article describes a quality improvement project to reduce falls in older adults receiving home healthcare services. The fall prevention program incorporated best practices for fall reduction, including fall risk assessment, medication review/management, home hazard and safety assessment, staff and patient fall prevention education, and an individualized home-based exercise program. The program was implemented and evaluated during a 6-month time frame. Fewer falls occurred post implementation of the falls prevention program with no major injuries.

Sarah Bamgbade, MSN, RN, is a DNP Student, College of Nursing, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama.

Valorie Dearmon, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, is an Associate Professor and Chair, Adult Health Nursing, College of Nursing, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Address for correspondence: Sarah Bamgbade, MSN, RN, PO Box 1097, Laurel, MD 20725 (sbamgbade@hotmail.com).

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