Fall Prevention Program

The Fall Prevention Program at Mount Sinai Hospital is designed to reduce falls as well as minimize the risk of resident injury. Research shows that many elderly residents have a higher risk of falling while in the hospital, more so than they do at home. Additionally, once a resident has fallen, they will be more prone to falling again, as their self-confidence has diminished.

Within 24 hours of admission to the hospital and on a regular basis thereafter, a nurse will assess the resident, in order to assess the risk of falling and identify appropriate prevention measures. All staff members caring for a particular resident will be notified of the assessment results in order to further prevent falls from occurring.

Residents and families/companions are encouraged to take the following precautions in order to minimize the risk of falling:

  • Ensure that staff has placed the call bell within easy reach
  • Always use the call bell if unable to reach an object
  • Wait for a staff member to respond to your call bell – they will attend to you as quickly as possible
  • If unable to walk independently, ask for help
  • Wear sensible footwear, preferably with non-slip rubber soles
  • Use aids, such as walkers, as prescribed
  • Keep surroundings neat – cords, belts and oxygen tubes can cause falls

If a resident is at risk of falling, the medical staff may request an occupational therapy or physiotherapy consultation. These professionals will help the resident manage day-to-day activities such as walking, dressing, bathing and lavatory use.

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