One in three persons living at home who are aged over 65 years is likely to experience at least one fall over a twelve month period. 10% of these falls will result in injury that will require medical intervention (1).
Falling can have a substantial emotional, social and functional impact on an older persons ability to maintain independent living (1) Often the fear of falling stops people for engaging in activities that may be considered risky. If not addressed this fear may lead to reduced activity levels and increased dependence on supports. Hidden outcomes from falls impacts on the faller’s partner, support networks and the community in which older person participates.. The identification of falls risk factors enables action to be taken to remove or reduce some of factors that may be increasing the risk of the person falling.
What is Assessed
Our Falls Risk Assessment consists of two parts. Firstly Alannah will have a general chat about the assessment process and ask a few health and lifestyle related questions. The second part consists of five physical tests using the QUICKSCREEN Clinical Falls Risk Assessment tool. This screening tool was developed by Neuroscience Research Australia and has been found to correctly identify persons who are at risk of falling in the next 12 months. The assessment is quick, easy and generally takes about 15 minutes.
What happens after my assessment?
Once your assessment is completed, you will be given a report that has calculated your risk of falling in the next 12 months and identified your “falls risk” factors. In addition to this, you will also receive information on how to remove modify or reduce the risk factor/s identified. Alannah will also prepare a report for your GP so that they are aware of your results.
What does the Falls Risk Assessment cost?
Do I need to do anything to prepare for the assessment?
- No nothing at all
Do I need to bring anything with me?
Yes, please bring with you:
- any shoes, slippers, sandals or thongs that you regularly wear
- a list of your current medication and
- your glasses.
How do I book?
Simply call the clinic on (07) 5363 0288 and book in for a Falls Risk Screening Assessment
Any other questions?
Please contact the clinic and Alannah will be happy to answer any questions that you have.