A Selection of Printed Tools For Patients and Caregivers
I wanted to share some of the tools that I discovered that are available either directly to the public, online, or might be handed out at a visit with a professional, medical, physical therapy etc.
I asked some active seniors, all in their 80s, whether they have ever seen or received a Fall Prevention Checklist. None had. Each receives regular medical care from physicians that have cared for them for several years.
Note from an email conversation I had with an active 86 year old woman. She lives alone.
"I haven't seen a check list. I have one in my head! Always hold on to hand rail when going up or down stairs, don't climb on ladders to reach high shelves, watch for cracks in the side walks, be careful when getting up from seat or out of bed, don't run!!
Here are a sample of Checklists and other Patient Information Materials from reputable sources. Are people accessing and using them?
Are the people you know or have interviewed aware of fall prevention checklists or other resources?
Fall Prevention Checklists
STEADI - Stop Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries
NYC Dept. Of Health: How To Prevent Falls - A Guide For Older Adults, nycdoh.gov
Ohio Health Blog: Senior Fall Prevention Home Checklist
I wanted to highlight and add the following:
Source: The Tech Enhanced Life Blog mentioned here - RESEARCH POST This list is far more extensive than the ones above. It is an excellent resource!
FAMILY CAREGIVERS INFORMATION