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Stopping Falls: Evaluation of Community-Dwelling Older Adults

presented by Jane A. Painter-Patton

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Financial: Jane A. Painter-Patton receives an honorarium from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course. 

Non-Financial: Jane A. Painter-Patton has no non-financial interests or relationships with MedBridge.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Part two of this six part falls prevention series provides detailed information for health care professionals working with community-dwelling older adults to implement evidence-based fall risk and fear of falling screenings, evaluations, and interventions. Dr. Jane Painter-Patton discusses the utilization of the American Geriatrics/British Geriatrics Society Clinical Practice Guideline: Prevention of Falls in Older Persons, and Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries program.

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Jane A. Painter-Patton, Ed.D., OTR/L, FAOTA

Dr. Jane Painter-Patton has 37 years of experience working with older adults and is a professor at East Carolina University’s Occupational Therapy Department. She serves on the NC Falls Prevention Coalition and is a Board member of the NC Injury and Violence Prevention Council. Her interests, presentations, and publications focus on geriatric community-based therapy, including…

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1. Prevalence and Ramifications of Falls and Fear of Falling

In the first chapter of this course, Dr. Jane Painter-Patton reviews the prevalence and definitions of falls and fear of falling. She discusses the ramifications of falling and fear of falling among community-dwelling older adults.

2. Guidelines for Recommendations

Dr. Painter-Patton defines the standardized format for providing recommendations to health care professionals in regards fall risk factors and interventions.

3. History of Fall Risks

Participants will learn to utilize the Clinical Practice Guideline’s algorithm, and identify and demonstrate the correct screening and evaluation protocol for older adults identified as "no risk", "moderate risk", and "high risk" for falling.

4. STEADI Resources

Participants will review how occupational therapy practitioners and other healthcare professionals may incorporate Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, & Injuries (STEADI) in evaluating and providing evidence-based interventions to community-dwelling older adults.

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