Nursing home residents can suffer serious consequences when they fall:-
These statistics highlight the challenges Care Homes face as they promote resident safety.
The CFPP Nursing Home service aims to support staff to be proactive in falls management within their Care Home. We aim to reduce falls risk and promote falls prevention and management in care homes by providing:-
The impact of COVID-19 on nursing homes is well reported. At present Nursing Homes are restricting visitors to protect vulnerable residents and staff. We expect that restrictions will remain in place for the imminent future.
The CFPP Nursing Home service continues to receive referrals for individual resident assessment. We have modified our service at present to provide a remote assessment and advisory service. We provided Care Homes with new paperwork to facilitate this remote support. Some examples of the assistance given are:-
When delivering walking aids the Falls staff will meet a member of the Care Home staff outwith the immediate Care Home building. They will explain how to adjust the aid to promote patient safety before issuing. Visits will only be completed with the agreement of the Care Home. There will be minimal contact and recommended PPE will be in place.
The Falls Physiotherapist will help with complex mobility issues during the current restrictions. The Physiotherapist will provide a telephone advice service to the Care Home.
The Falls Awareness training for Care Home staff is suspended at present. There are plans to use virtual technology to deliver remote training. This allows us to continue to promote the falls prevention message to care home staff.
Care Home staff can continue to contact the Falls Service for advice related to reducing falls risk within their care home.
For information on the criteria for referral please see the Nursing Homes - Criteria page.