Falls risk factors can vary across different health settings, such as in the community, hospital, and residential aged care. Different strategies can be put in place in each setting to reduce the risk of falls based on the risk factors involved.
For more information on the different health settings and guidelines, see:
- The WA Falls Prevention Health Networks Model of Care
- The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care’s Falls Prevention Guidelines
The Stay On Your Feet® program engages with all settings, however, its primary focus is the prevention of falls in older adults in the community setting.
Falls in hospital settings
The Department of Health Western Australia has developed a falls prevention information website designed for health professionals in WA caring for patients at risk of falling. The website includes inpatient falls prevention information.
Other helpful falls prevention resources available for health professionals within a hospital setting include:
- Falls Prevention online learning
- Guidebook for Preventing Falls and Harm From Falls in Older People: Australian Hospitals 2009
- Falls Risk Assessment and Management Plan (FRAMP)
Falls in residential aged care settings
The Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care has developed the Guidebook for Preventing Falls and Harm From Falls in Older People: Australian Residential Aged Care Facilities 2009. Another helpful resource is the video of a falls prevention training session regarding the development of a falls prevention framework for Bethanie Residential Aged Care
Falls in children
- For information regarding falls prevention among children, please contact Kidsafe WA.