Preventing Falls in Older People Certification
Approximately 1 in 3 older adults living at home will have at least one fall each year. In most cases, falls do not result in serious injury. However, in some cases, they can have devastating effects. For instance, an older adult with osteoporosis may sustain a serious fracture following a fall.
This course will teach you why older people often suffer falls and how falls can be prevented in domestic settings. You will learn practical strategies for adapting the environment and working with healthcare professionals, in order to reduce the risk and promote independence.
You will Learn
- Why older people are at particular risk of falls
- Environmental factors that make a fall more likely
- What to do if you fall
- How to prevent falls in domestic settings by adjusting the environment
- Getting help with day-to-day tasks and investing in safety aids
- Why strength and balance training can reduce the risk of falls
- How to start an effective exercise programme
- Why regular sight tests can minimise an individual’s risk of falls
- The link between medication, alcohol and falls
Benefits of taking this Course:
- If you are an older adult at risk of a fall, this course will help reduce your risk of injury
- If you live with or care for an older adult, this course will help you safeguard their wellbeing
- If you work with older adults in a supported or residential living facility, this course will help you contribute to a safer environment
- If you work in a business that manufactures or sells independent living aids or equipment, this course will give you a valuable insight into the problems faced by older adults at risk of falls
Who can take the Preventing Falls in Older People Certification course?There are no entry requirements to take the course.
What is the structure of the course?The course is broken down into 4 individual modules. Each module takes between 20 and 90 minutes on average to study. Although students are free to spend as much or as little time as they feel necessary on each module.
Where / when can the course be studied?The course can be studied study at any time and from any internet connected device
Is there a test at the end of the course?Once you have completed all 4 modules there is a multiple choice test. The questions will be on a range of topics found within the 4 modules. The test, like the course, is online and can be taken a time and location of your choosing.
What is the pass mark for the final test?The pass mark for the test is 70%.
What happens if a user fails the test?If the user doesn’t pass the test first time they will get further opportunities to take the test again after extra study. There are no limits to the number of times a test can be taken.
How long does it take to complete the Preventing Falls in Older People Certification course?We estimate that the course will take about 2.5 hours to complete in total, plus an additional 30 minutes for the end of course test.