As you investigated in your textbook, falls are a geriatric syndrome that is a considerably important, and, devastating outcomes can result from a single event. When the elderly patient relies on an institution to keep them safe and they end up falling and injuring themselves, or worse, the event becomes very costly and there is a loss of confidence among all the parties involved. Fall prevention programs are now mandated among several accrediting agencies for all kinds of facilities and even have importance beyond the legal implications.
For the elderly, many institutions utilize many resources to establish programs that work and can really prevent these devastating events. Whether it is an acute care facility such as a hospital, Assisted Living Facility, Chronic long-term facility, Nursing home, home environments, or any other facility for the elderly they all have the same goal when it comes to falls. Many programs have been designed and no two are exactly the same. For decades healthcare professionals have been investigating falls in a particular facility or environment.
Your assignment is to create a program (see grade rubric) and write a paper following the 7th version of the APA and it should be 4-5 pages, double-spaced, excluding title and references pages. You will need to utilize at least three evidence-based references. (your textbook can be one but no websites are allowed (you can use any journal articles as long as it is peer-reviewed.)
Create the program according to the steps indicated while also creating your own resident/patient that can serve as an assessment and evaluation and outcome. This will be a fictitious person that you create to live in the institution that you have chosen.
For the project students will research and develop a Fall Prevention Program for the safety of the elder. The project will outline the goals and interventions, marketing plan, and estimated cost of the program.
You will create a Falls Program for an imaginary institution. The choice of institution is yours to decide. You will be given the latest industry clinical standards, that are based on evidence-based evidence such as studies from peer-reviewed journals and a program on Power point that will help clarify the important risk factors. From this material, and any other evidence-based, peer-reviewed, recent journals (within the last three years), you will create a Falls Prevention Program incorporating all the factors that you can find and creatively utilize them to use as interventions in your program. More on this topic is included in the course.
Safety for elders is always an overriding concern for healthcare delivery agents since without a safe environment the elder will be injured and therefore their health will decline. Considering the environment and the lack of safety could potentially result in a fall. Fall prevention programs are always being developed for the safety of the elder in different environments. The following assignment will enlighten you as to the elements of a good, evidence-based fall prevention program.
1.Read up about falls in a particular environment of your choosing.
2.Develop a story about a patient: you decide the age, sex, past medical history.
3.Once you have a background, you can start developing your prevention program now based on one of your patients/residents (granted if you pick a hospital there could be any age but remember you want to base this on an elderly person).
4.Begin your paper with the place you choose and how it will approach the safety of the organization, then introduce the patient you have and how that person will be safer and how they will be screened in the system. You can then fill in the rest with the program you developed and how it will affect your patient and the rest of the patients in your facility.
5.Follow the Grading Rubric (attached below) as you develop this story.
6.Your paper should:
– be 4-5 pages long, maybe longer if you want. (excluding the title page and references page)
– must have at least three references that are from journals that are evidence-based and peer-reviewed journal.