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HHA: Fall Safety for the Home Care Patient

presented by Heather Calhoun, BSN, COS-C, HCSD, HCS

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Financial— Heather Calhoun receives compensation from MedBridge for the production of this course. There are no other relevant financial relationships. Nonfinancial— No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

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As more of our population ages, we need to sharpen our ability to both identify and prevent falls and injuries in the home. Every year the statistics show that more and more of our aging population are experiencing catastrophic changes in life as a result of falls in the home. This has not only taken a toll on the patient's independence, but also on the Medicare benefit as more money is being utilized specifically to treat the elderly patient as a result of an injury associated with a fall. This course will assist in identification of these types of patient's at risk, how to reduce their risk, and thereby improve the older adult's quality of life.

Meet Your Instructor

Heather Calhoun, BSN, COS-C, HCSD, HCS

Heather has been in the home care industry for the past 26 years. She received her Bachelors Degree in Nursing from the University of Alabama in Bimingham in 1992. She has extensive field and case management experience in both home health and hospice. Heather has held various positions in home health and hospice agencies to…

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1. Introduction to Fall Safety for the Home Care Patient

In this chapter, we will introduce the agenda and learning objective for this course and present an example of a scenario you may encounter in your work with patients.

2. Leading Causes of Falls for the Elderly

This chapter will define falls and the contributing factors that lead to falls in the elderly population using real world scenarios.

3. Using S-A-F-E-T-Y in the Home

This chapter will review how to evaluate a home for potential safety hazards. This section will also review your role in assisting with maintaining a safe environment for the home care patient.

4. Documentation Tips

This chapter will review a few key documentation standards for home care aides to follow for patients that are at risk for falls. This section will also review what to report to the supervisor immediately.

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