Course Profile

Course Profile: Older People and Falls Prevention (1 Day)
This informative and interactive course is designed for people working at all levels within services providing care/support for Older People and particularly with Dementia. Whilst the course aims to provide a range of strategies in terms of prevention and management of falls, the subject is set against a background of more general awareness; focusing on a range of issues related to the subject.
Person Centred principles underpin all the material and the course is informed by a range of guidance from NICE and Age UK. The course supports the Social Care Commitment and is set in the context of The Care Act 2014 (promoting health and wellbeing)
The course provides some knowledge for
NHS KSF:  Core 3.2, HWB1.2, 2.2, 4.2, 5.2
Care Certificate: 3.2a-c, 5.2b, 8.1b, 13.4c
QCF: HSC027, HSC2002, DEM202, DEM204
The course is designed for Health & Social Care workers working with Older People in all settings.
The course will help organisations to meet the CQC Fundamental Standards.
Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

  • The importance of falls prevention
  • How a fall can lead to serious injury and life threatening complications
  • The organisation's and worker's responsibilities and the potential for litigation
  • The reasons why Older People might fall
  • Why people with Dementia might fall
  • The physical impact of the Dementias
  • The pre-requisites for good balance
  • Medical conditions, physical and sensory impairments that might increase the potential for falling
  • Common effects on the individual of medication used for medical conditions
  • Common effects on the individual of medications used in Dementia
  • The need to include falls within the Care Plan and keep the Care Planning relevant to change
  • How to help enhance balance
  • Risk assessment and management
  • How staff should respond if they find someone has fallen
  • Learning from the event
  • Guidelines
  • Further sources of advice & support for service users, carers & families
Training methods utilised include: Discussion, Care pathways, Presentations, Delegates' experiences, PowerPoint presentation, Groups & pair work, Handouts