Promote OT’s Role in Falls Prevention
Falls are a leading cause of decreased independence, disability, and even accidental death among older adults. Occupational therapy practitioners can play an essential role in reducing falls by addressing the multiple physical, environmental, and cognitive factors that can lead to a fall.
This year, Falls Prevention Awareness Day is September 22, 2013 (the first day of fall) so we have provided some ways for occupational therapy practitioners to let others know about their role in this area.
- Write a brief article for your local paper describing some of the ways in which practitioners help prevent falls, providing tips for readers on what to be aware of and how to make their own environments safer.
- Pitch a story to local TV news organizations offering to demonstrate an in-home assessment to prevent falls.
- Provide a free workshop to members of your community. Many libraries, places of worship, senior centers, and community centers provide free space for educational programs.
- Work with the administrators of an independent living or continuing care retirement community on ways to offer falls prevention workshops or evaluations to residents, either for free or for a nominal fee. In some cases the facility will pay for this service to help keep their residents safe.
- Offer to give a presentation of products and equipment to prevent falls at your local hardware or home store using products that can be bought there.
- Post information on your Facebook page, Twitter feed, Pinterest page, or other social media venues. Describe how OT can help prevent falls, and link to resources.
Have ideas of your own? Please share them in the Gerontology Special Interest Section Forum on OT Connections.