Helping Your Family Member Adjust to Nursing Home Living – Tip #14

 The nursing home has an option to utilize a Fall Risk Assessment form during the admission process, as well as other times previously discussed. Fall Risk Assessment forms are usually divided into generalized clinical conditions which identify potential or actual risk factors. The conditions identified may include cognitive status, medical history and medication history. A history of previous falls is also an important factor to identify. Other areas assessed may include mobility, transfer ability, sitting/standing balance capabilities and bowel and bladder status. The presence of pain, sensory impairment, the use of devices and environmental issues may also be areas assessed. The resident’s specific status or conditions may be evaluated within each of these categories to obtain a total score that demonstrates the severity of the risks. The total score will then, usually indicate a low, moderate or high risk for falls. By identifying the risk factors, preventative interventions may be initiated, to help maintain your loved one’s safety. Communication with your loved one and the staff is the key to help prevent, identify and solve potential problems that may develop and promote a positive adjustment to the nursing home.