12th March 2024

Prioritising Falls Prevention in Residential Aged Care



Anchor Excellence

Strategies, Impacts, and Importance for Enhanced Well-being

In the context of Residential Aged Care services, falls prevention and management have become a prominent area of focus due to the rise in complaints received by the commission. From 2022 to 2023, a total of 567 complaints were lodged specifically regarding falls, highlighting a sustained level of concern within residential care regarding this issue.

The Impact of Falls

Falls in aged care settings can have significant impacts on older people. These include physical injuries  fractures and head trauma, psychological effects such as fear and loss of confidence, and loss of independence leading to an increased need for assistance with daily activities. 

Falls can result in a reduced quality of life affecting physical health, mental well-being, and social interactions. Implementing effective fall prevention strategies is crucial in mitigating these impacts and ensuring the well-being of older people  in aged care facilities.

Why prioritsing falls prevention matters

To proactively address falls risk and enhance safety in aged care settings, several key strategies can be implemented:

  • Regular Risk Assessments: Conduct comprehensive assessments to identify potential fall risks and tailor interventions accordingly. 
  • Safe Living Environment: Ensure that the living environment is hazard-free and conducive to preventing falls.
  • Accessibility to Mobility Aids: For older people using mobility aids, ensure easy access to their aids to support safe movement.
  • Staff Training: Equip staff with essential falls prevention strategies through specialized training sessions, such as those offered by Anchor Academy.
  • Exercise Programs: Implement tailored exercise programs to enhance strength, balance, and mobility among older people, reducing falls risk.
  • Supervision and Monitoring: Provide close supervision and monitoring for older people at higher risk of falling to prevent potential accidents.
  • Promote Communication: Foster open communication among older people, caregivers, and family members to discuss fall risks and collaboratively develop prevention strategies.
  • Ensure Documentation is up-to-date and new standards ready: Ensure workers have access to documents, such the Falls Prevention Package offered by Anchor Policy

By prioritising falls prevention and safety measures, aged care providers can create a secure environment that enhances residents’ overall well-being. Implementing a comprehensive falls prevention program not only reduces falls but also boosts older people’s confidence. independence and functional ability. Addressing falls risk factors, promoting safety measures, and investing in staff training enable care teams to deliver high-quality, person-centred care. Prioritising falls prevention is essential for compassionate care and creating a culture of safety in aged care.

To find out more about how Anchor Excellence can support you in preventing and managing falls, please click here to reach out to us today!

You can also view the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission resources here