Falls Prevention

Working to Prevent Falls

According to the North Carolina Division of Public Health, falls are the leading cause of fatal injuries and the second leading cause of nonfatal injuries among North Carolinians 65 and older. In response, the North Carolina Falls Prevention Coalition was formed with the aim, through education and training, of reducing the number of falls, falls-related injuries, and seriousness of injuries resulting from falls.Fall

See the latest literature review on how to prevent falls here

Blue Ridge Now article

Up to date webcast on Falls Prevention

New Otago Training Initiative

The Otago Exercise Program is an evidenced based program that has been shown to reduce falls as much as 40% among frail older adults.  The Carolina Geriatric Education Center has developed an online training for Physical Therapists.  The Centers for Disease Control is promoting Otago.  For more information go to our Otago page.

NC Falls Prevention Coalition

The CGEC is working to prevent falls statewide through the NC Falls Prevention Coalition. www.ncfallsprevention.org

The next meeting will be 11am-2pm on Thursday, February 19th NC Division of Public Health 1st Floor, Building 1, 5505 Six Forks Road, Reaves Conference Room, Raleigh. Lunch will be provided.

View the 2012-2013 NC Falls Prevention Coalition Action Plan

Regional Falls Prevention Coalitions act on the local level including:

The Eastern North Carolina Falls Prevention Coalition

Falls Free Guilford

Western North Carolina Falls Prevention Coalition

Regional and Local FP Coalition Contacts

Volunteer Corps of Trainers

The Carolina Geriatric Education Center has launched a Volunteer Falls Champion Instructor Program to disseminate Falls Prevention workshops across the state.  An announcement was posted on the statewide Members of the statewide Falls Prevention Coalition network to recruit volunteers to provide falls prevention training.  The response to this call has been excellent, with over 18 highly qualified individuals, from professors to master clinicians all who will volunteer their time to be trained in content delivery and have committed to teaching one multi-session falls prevention workshop per year.

Volunteer Falls Champion Instructors attend a four hour training which includes content and facilitation skills.  The program goes beyond simple content to the next level.  Each Champion Instructor will garner commitment from those attending his or her workshop to review the systems of care at their individual institutions and determine how to embed falls risk screening into the culture of practice.  Follow up is provided to support and reward the systems change.

Click here to email Dr. Shubert to become a Falls Champion Instructor or request a Workshop.

Click here to hear a Public Service Announcement from Buncombe County