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Citation

Minnier W, Leggett M, Persaud I, Breda K. Creat. Nurs. 2019; 25(2): 169-175.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2019, Creative Nursing Management, Publisher Springer Publishing)

DOI

10.1891/1078-4535.25.2.169

PMID

31085672

Abstract

Falls are associated with enormous costs in morbidity and early mortality, as well as loss of safe, independent lifestyles for community-dwelling older adults. The purpose of this quality improvement project was to implement an author-designed, easy-to-remember guide to fall prevention for community-dwelling older adults and enhance their awareness and knowledge of fall risks in the home. A Four Smart Steps Fall Prevention program (exercise, eye exams, home safety, and primary care visits) presented fall prevention education for community-dwelling older adults. The project was implemented at a senior center by registered nurses and evaluated through an anonymous questionnaire. The desired outcome was an increase in safety awareness and knowledge of fall prevention for community-dwelling older adults. Community-dwelling older adults with enhanced education on fall prevention will be more likely to be able to live independently within a safe environment.

© Copyright 2019 Creative Health Care Management.


Language: en

Keywords

community-dwelling older adults; education; fall prevention; quality improvement; safety awareness; senior centers

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