Teamwork is an effective tool in INTEGRAting measures to prevent fall related incidents among older population
In an ideal world, everything goes perfectly according to plan. One would be introduced to the world, gets the experience and education as one lives through the days of its life and time would come that they will get old and comfortably reminisce how they managed through their lives while stand outside of their porch. But sadly, no matter how much we wish for it, there is no such thing as perfection. For the much older adult, even the slight miscalculations can lead to fall related accidents. Consequently, mishaps like these can definitely impede the quality of one’s life. ...view middle of the document...
(CNO Practice Guidelines, 2011) Through care conferences, different professional practices such as medical doctors, pharmacists, dietitians, physiotherapists, occupational therapists are involved. They assist in identifying the patients that are at risk, the factors that influence and develop a plan in decreasing incidents and injuries. (National Patient Safety Foundation, 2011).
Together with competent specialists working in their specific fields, the collaboration of multidisciplinary team can work to optimize care and prevention of falls within the older population. Medical doctors assess the physiological factors contributing to fall risks and prescribe medications according to their diagnosis. Pharmacists control the medication process; making sure drugs such as antipsychotics, antidepressants, and narcotics, will achieve the desired health outcomes safely. Dietitian or nutritionist plan, implement and manage nutritional needs for clients’ with specific needs. Physiotherapists are professionals that examine the injuries acquired from falls and are the ones who facilitates with strengthening exercises and proper body mechanics. The occupational therapists aid in acquiring equipment that assists with ambulation, activities of daily living and transfers as well. (Kozier et al, 2010, pg. 164)
For older people living outside long – term facilities, family participation is vital. Positive family dynamics significantly impact health in every positive way. Having a close – knit and supportive family provides emotional support, economic well – being, and increases overall health. Influences such as culture and race can place a role in providing specific and alternative interaction of needs. (World Health Organization, 2007) These communication methods may increase the preventive measures that the teams of health care professionals may come up with effectively.
Although falls occurs everywhere, it is very prevalent at homes. Falling down on stairs, falling after getting out of bed and even stepping out of the shower are the common instances of falls in a home setting. The fear of falling is usual with older adults, especially of those who live by themselves and are aware that help will not be readily available. (Kozier et al, 2010, pg. 774) Partnership in education also plays an important role in advocating both the client’s and their family’s independence. The health care team together with the family incorporates their own inputs and makes useful changes around the home and effectively reduces the risk of falls among older population. According to People – Centered Health Care: A policy framework:
Holistic and compassionate health care requires an effective partnership between people who need care and people who provide care. To achieve this, action is required to support capacity building for better-informed and more empowered individuals, families and communities who are able to actively participate in health care and in health systems...