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Service Provider Resource - Knowledge Check: Fall Prevention

1. Name the four E’s and briefly describe each:


2. Describe the steps of what to do if someone falls:

  •  Evaluation:
    • Evaluate for personal risk factors. Identify persons at increased risk.
    • Ensure people have vision checked annually and keep glasses updated.
    • Have a doctor or pharmacist routinely check all medications, including over the counter medications, for increased risk of falls.
  • Exercise – Exercise – Exercise:
    • Promote healthy lifestyles including access to physical activity. Participation in a good balance or exercise program is key to fall prevention.
  • Environment:
    • Ensure home and community safety. Conduct onsite home safety checks and make necessary changes.
  • Education:
    • Make fall prevention a priority. Educate yourself, support staff and people at risk as to its importance.
    • Develop and implement individualized fall prevention plans for people at risk.
  1. Listen to what the person is telling you.
  2. Observe the position of the person’s body and look for signs of bleeding, broken bones, or breathing problems.
  3. Ask the individual what he or she is feeling.
  4. Call 911 for emergency help! If a person appears to be seriously hurt, is bleeding badly, or complains of sharp pain, call 911. Do not move them.
  5. Notify the person’s doctor and give them details of the fall - when, where and how the person fell.
  6. Document what happened – both the fall and follow-up. Keep a running log of falls to develop a history of falls. The documentation should be completed after every fall.
Last updated on Mon, 11/21/2016 - 15:34