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Evidence Based Falls Risk Assessment and Intervention
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When: Wednesday, August 10, 2016
11:30 AM
Where: Webinar
3412 Knipp Drive, Suite 102
Jefferson City, Missouri  65109
United States
Contact: Nancie McAnaugh

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According to the AHRQ (2010), of the 1.6 million residents living in nursing facilities, approximately half fall annually, and of those, about 65,000 suffer a hip fracture.  In fact, a typical nursing home with 100 beds will report between 100 and 200 falls each year at an average of 2.6 falls per person.  Falls occur among nursing home residents at twice the rate of older adults living in the community and these falls are costly.  In 2010, falls among older adults cost over $30 billion dollars and this is expected to increase to $55 billion by 2020.  It is clear from these statistics that falls and fall risk are high priorities for nursing facilities.  To implement a successful program, facilities should utilize the best available evidence to assess risk and implement plan of care to address risk factors. 


Fall risk assessments are a crucial tool in identifying which residents could be at risk for falling and, therefore, a candidate for a fall prevention program.  Fall risk assessments not only identify residents at risk, but also aid in recognizing the type of intervention that should be utilized. They also assist in increasing staff knowledge in fall risk prevention and intervention strategies.  This webinar reviews the definition of a fall and intrinsic and extrinsic risk factors related to falls.  Evidence-based assessments demonstrated to be predictive of risk are reviewed as they relate to nursing and therapy practice with elderly clients.  This webinar reviews evidence-based intervention strategies applicable to a balance and fall management program including environmental modification, patient and caregiver education, and balance retraining activities.  Falls management program rationale and implementation is also discussed as well as interdisciplinary techniques and strategies to reduce fall risk in the elderly.


Learning Objectives

By the completion of the presentation, attendees will:

· Operationally define a fall.

·  Describe the evidence-based practice process for fall risk assessment with elderly clients.

·  Identify intrinsic and extrinsic risk factors for falls and five evidence-based assessments to quantify these.

· List appropriate treatment interventions to improve balance and decrease fall risk.

· Identify interdisciplinary techniques to reduce the number of falls.



Who Should Attend

All levels of nursing and therapy.


Kathleen Weissberg, OTD, OTR/L, Education Director

Kathleen Weissberg, in her more than 20 years of practice, has worked in long term care as a researcher/educator and has established various programs in nursing facilities including palliative care and end of life care, incontinence management, falls management and dementia care and staging. She currently provides continuing education support to 6,000 therapists nationwide as director of education for Select Rehabilitation. She has lectured nationally, at the state level, and authored publication on the topics such as Patient Satisfaction Outcomes in Long Term Care, Restraint Reduction and Fall Prevention, Driving and the Elderly, Dementia Management, Palliative Care, and Hospital Readmissions. She has presented at previous LeadingAge conferences for Georgia, South Carolina, Michigan, New York, and has authored articles for publication for LeadingAge Florida and Texas.



Registration Information & Fees

Click here for registration form.   Fees are per connection at a facility.  Registration instructions and handout materials will be sent to the contact person listed on the registration 2 days prior to the program.


Discounted Rate if Paying by Check

• LeadingAge Iowa Member Facility      $100

• Prospective Member Facility            $125

Rate if Paying by Credit Card 

• LeadingAge Iowa Member Facility     $105

• Prospective Member Facility           $130


Continuing Education Credit

Approval for 1.0 PC hour by the Missouri Board of Nursing Home Administrators is pending through LeadingAge Missouri TA-015-117. CEU certificates will be mailed to attendees. Final online quiz required to receive CEU certificate.

Refund Policy

No-shows will be billed.  No refunds for failure to log-in at the time of the event. Substitutions welcome anytime via fax or email.  A full refund will be given to all cancellations received 10 or more business days prior to the program. A $25 administrative fee will be charged to all cancellations received six to nine business days prior to the program.  No refunds will be given to cancellations received five or fewer business days prior to the program. Refunds will be calculated by the date received and the LeadingAge Missouri business days remaining prior to the program. LeadingAge Missouri reserves the right to cancel the program due to insufficient enrollment in which case pre-registered participants will be notified and full refunds provided.  All cancellations and substitution requests must be emailed to Nancie McAnaugh (nanciemcanaugh@leadingagemissouri) or faxed to 573-635-6244.


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