The Fall Prevention Program at Mount Sinai Hospital is designed to reduce falls as well as minimize the risk of resident injury. Research shows that many elderly residents have a higher risk of falling while in the hospital, more so than they do at home. Additionally, once a resident has fallen, they will be more prone to falling again, as their self-confidence has diminished.
Within 24 hours of admission to the hospital and on a regular basis thereafter, a nurse will assess the resident, in order to assess the risk of falling and identify appropriate prevention measures. All staff members caring for a particular resident will be notified of the assessment results in order to further prevent falls from occurring.
Residents and families/companions are encouraged to take the following precautions in order to minimize the risk of falling:
If a resident is at risk of falling, the medical staff may request an occupational therapy or physiotherapy consultation. These professionals will help the resident manage day-to-day activities such as walking, dressing, bathing and lavatory use.