Learning Objective 1: discuss barriers to implementing an evidence- based fall reduction program in senior living communities.
Learning Objective 2: analyze findings from the SAFE-TI Fall Reduction Pilot Program.
SAFE-TI, the Fall Reduction Program used current evidence to provide Continuing Care Retirement Communities with the knowledge and tools needed to implement a comprehensive approach to implementing a fall reduction program. This approach includes a “train-the-trainer” educational session that provides a hands-on approach to using the toolkit. Unique aspects of the SAFE-TI program include a focus on self-assessment of risks by residents and an exercise component that emphasizes strength and balance training. The toolkit is comprised of assessment tools and specific-risk based nursing interventions. In addition the SAFE-TI program includes detailed information on implementing a multidisciplinary fall reduction committee.
Thirteen senior living communities participated in the 6 month evaluation of the program. The overall effectiveness of the training program was rated a 3.8 on a scale of 1 - 4. Findings from the participants' ratings of usefulness of components of the toolkit will be outlined. Fall rates and injury rates pre and post implementation of the SAFE-TI program will be presented. Finally, barriers to program implementation identified by participating organizations will be discussed.
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