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“Water Club” for Seniors Leads to Fewer Falls and Improved Overall Health
According to a Dec. 11 article from Medical News Today, elderly patients in care homes that participate in “water clubs” are more likely to improve their health than those who don’t. Small groups of residents in a care home met to discuss the benefits of drinking more water and were encouraged to increase their intake of water. Members of the club reported enhanced well-being, fewer falls and better hydration than those who drank water alone.
Web link    Date Added: 12/16/2012    Date Last Modified: Dec 16 2012 12:00AM  
A Pooled Analysis of Vitamin D Dose Requirements for Fracture Prevention
This article in The New England Journal of Medicine focuses on the relationship between vitamin D supplementation and fracture reduction.
Web link    Date Added: 07/11/2012    Date Last Modified: Jul 11 2012 12:00AM  
Antidepressant Prescriptions: An Acute Window for Falls in the Nursing Home
Published in the Journals of Gerentology, this article features a study to determine the effect of an antidepressant prescription change on fall risk.
Web link    Date Added: 01/12/2012    Date Last Modified: Jan 12 2012 12:00AM  
Effectiveness of a Therapeutic Tai Ji Quan (Tai Chi) Intervention to Prevent Falls
In a randomized clinical trial involving 670 adults 70 years or older with a history of falls or impaired mobility, the therapeutic tai ji quan (Tai Chi) intervention effectively reduced falls by 58% compared with the stretching exercise (control intervention) and by 31% compared with a multi-modal exercise intervention.
Web link    Date Added: 01/24/2020    Date Last Modified: Dec 13 2021 12:12PM  
Effectiveness of Hip Protectors to Reduce Risk for Hip Fracture from Falls in Long-Term Care
A study in 14 nursing homes reported in The Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine found that hip protectors were worn in 60% of falls, and the risk of hip fracture was reduced by nearly threefold by wearing a hip protector at the time of falling.
Web link    Date Added: 03/10/2020    Date Last Modified: Mar 10 2020 1:27PM  
Fall Assessment & Huddle
TMF Health Quality Institute, in conjunction with the University of Nebraska, developed this document to help facilities document the incident of a fall and begin the root cause analysis by use of a team huddle.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 02/25/2014    Date Last Modified: Mar 24 2022 10:57AM  
Health Matters: benefits of hip protectors
This video describes the benefits of hip protectors based on a study in 14 nursing homes. The study found that hip protectors were worn in 60% of falls, and the risk of hip fracture was reduced by nearly threefold by wearing a hip protector at the time of falling. (video time 4:39)
Video    Date Added: 03/10/2020    Date Last Modified: Mar 10 2020 1:31PM  
Hearing Loss Linked to Three-Fold Risk of Falling
This video describes the benefits of hip protectors based on a study in 14 nursing homes. The study found that hip protectors were worn in 60% of falls, and the risk of hip fracture was reduced by nearly threefold by wearing a hip protector at the time of falling. (video time 4:39)
Web link    Date Added: 03/10/2020    Date Last Modified: Mar 10 2020 1:34PM  
Long‐Term Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) Therapy and Falls and Fractures in Elderly Women: A Prospective Cohort Study
Published in the 2014 American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, this study found that “Elderly women on long‐term PPI therapy, already at a high risk of falling, doubled their 5‐year risk of a injurious fall or fracture‐related hospitalization, while in a second younger group increased the 9‐month self‐reported falls risk by 57%.” Read the full article here.
Web link    Date Added: 07/27/2018    Date Last Modified: Jul 27 2018 12:00AM  
Older Adult Falls
This Centers for Disease Control website includes expert commentary, facts, news releases, resources and tools (e.g., STEADI for Providers) for healthcare providers and individuals.
Web link    Date Added: 07/15/2020    Date Last Modified: Jul 15 2020 10:58AM  
Post-Fall Huddle Guide & Facilitator Tips
This document supports and guides the nursing home huddle facilitator in the use of the Fall Assessment and Huddle tool.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 06/29/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 29 2020 5:00PM  
Post-Fall Huddle Video; Toolkit
View this video to see examples of fall huddles so you can learn to facilitate effective post-fall huddles.
Web link    Date Added: 10/10/2016    Date Last Modified: Oct 10 2016 12:00AM  
Recommendations Abstracted from the American Geriatrics Society Consensus Statement on Vitamin D for Prevention of Falls and Their Consequences
The goal of this Consensus Statement is to help primary care practitioners achieve adequate vitamin D intake from all sources in their older patients, with the goal of reducing falls and fall-related injuries.
Web link    Date Added: 10/06/2016    Date Last Modified: Oct 6 2016 12:00AM  
Strategies for Reducing Falls in Long-Term Care
This article in the Annals of Long Term Care, provides information on conducting falls risk assessments, identifying root causes and implementing strategies to reduce/prevent falls.
Web link    Date Added: 04/21/2014    Date Last Modified: Apr 21 2014 12:00AM  
Tai Chi Principles for Falls Prevention in Older People
This document from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides suggestions for incorporating Tai Chi principles into your facility's care program. These principles specifically target preventing falls in older people.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 09/12/2016    Date Last Modified: Sep 12 2016 12:00AM