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Approaches for Falls Prevention in Hospitals and Nursing Home Settings

  • Jesse Zanker
  • Gustavo DuqueEmail author
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Abstract

Falls in older people are a common problem and carry significant consequences for individuals and society. Falls can result in serious injury, hospitalization, death, anxiety and depression, and reduction in quality of life. The risk of falls and falls-related complications is associated with age, and given the population is aging, the incidence of falls is expected to rise. Older people living in long-term care facilities, or nursing homes, and those who are hospitalized are at significantly higher risk than the general population and commonly are cognitively impaired. This chapter will review the specific risk factors for falls in these populations focusing in cognitively impaired populations. Interventions to assess falls risk and initiate falls-prevention interventions will be discussed.

Keywords

Falls Older persons In-hospital Nursing homes Risk factors Vitamin D Exercise 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Australian Institute for Musculoskeletal Science (AIMSS), The University of Melbourne and Western HealthSt. AlbansAustralia
  2. 2.Department of Medicine-Western Health, Melbourne Medical School, The University of MelbourneSt. AlbansAustralia
  3. 3.Department of Geriatric Medicine, Western HealthSt. AlbansAustralia

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