Falls Prevention and Intervention Strategies

Summary

Overview of falls data in the DDS population, falls risk factors and prevention strategies, suggestions for conducting fall risk assessments, and resources for fall prevention in adults with intellectual disability. LifeStream, Inc. shared best practices and lessons learned from their experiences as a provider agency in establishing and maintaining an internal falls monitoring system.

Presented by Courtney Dutra, MPA and Alixe Bonardi, MHA OTR/L from the Shriver Center and Melissa Pepin, MS from LifeStream, Inc.

Jointly sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services and CDDER. Recorded on Oct. 20th, 2014.

Resources (PDF's)

Webinar Slides

DDS Falls Risk Checklist

Drugs Associated with an Increased Falls Risk (Beverly Hospital)

Timed Get Up and Go Test (Center for Disease Control)

Stay Safe Stay Active Exercises (Center for Disease Control)

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