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Stopping Falls: Evaluation of Community-Dwelling Older Adults

presented by Jane A. Painter-Patton

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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.

Meet Your Instructor

  • 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 fall prevention, fear of falling, and home safety. She is a certified Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi and Interactive Metronome instructor, and is a Master Trainer for both A Matter of Balance and AOTA’s Fieldwork Educator Certificate program. Dr. Painter-Patton works with a multi-disciplinary team consisting of a geriatrician, physical therapist, and geriatric pharmacist in the Fall Risk Assessment Clinic for Older Adults at the Brody School of Medicine's Family Medicine, Geriatric Clinic. She has recently become a master trainer for the Matter of Balance fear of falling community-based program.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Prevalence and Ramifications of Falls and Fear of Falling

    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

    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

    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

    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.