Dementia Falls Prevention Forum

Falls Prevention for People with Dementia in Gippsland Forum took place on Monday 15th September, 2014 at the Auditorium Latrobe Regional Hospital

The forum was open to local health professionals working with clients living with dementia who may be at risk of falls.

More than 100 local health professionals were introduced to the new Falls Prevention Referral Pathway at a forum. To access the falls prevention referral pathway please click here.

The forum was organised by the Dementia Falls Prevention Steering committee, a group of local health organisations, and facilitated by the Central West Gippsland Primary Care Partnership.

Falls prevention interventions for people with dementia and its benefits were the topic of the forum, which included presentations from international expert Dr Plaiwan Suttanon from Thailand’s Thammasat University and Australian expert Professor Keith Hill from Curtin University. Attendees were also made aware of local services supporting people living with dementia in the region, and had the opportunity to workshop exercise programs to improve balance and reduce falls risk in people with dementia.

The presentations from the forum can be viewed below:

Agenda and Speaker Biographies for the Falls Prevention for People with Dementia in Gippsland Forum

Falls and Dementia – The epidemiology and interventions – Professor Keith Hill

The Falls Prevention Referral Pathway for People Living with Dementia in Gippsland – Professor Keith Hill

Introduction to the Gippsland Dementia website – Jennifer Doultree

Client centred practice and management of risk – An occupational therapy perspective – Nicole Tierney

Memory Clinics – Services and resources – Audra Fenton

Alzheimer’s Australia – Services and resources – Annette Davey

HACC Assessment Officers – Current practice for people with dementia and falls – Beckea Jones and Carol Malone

Engaging people living with dementia and their carers in falls prevention activities – Claudia Meyer

Exercise to reduce falls risk – The research application – Professor Keith Hill

Factors influencing carers and people with dementia participating in falls prevention exercise interventions – Claudia Meyer

A home based exercise program to improve balance and reduce falls in people with dementia – Plaiwan Suttanon

To access the Falls Prevention Referral Pathway for People Living with Dementia in Gippsland please click here

 

Video Presentations:

Dr Keith Hill – Falls and Dementia – The epidemiology and Interventions and The Falls Prevention Referral Pathway for People Living with Dementia in Gippsland

Claudia Meyer – Engaging people living with dementia and their carers in falls prevention activities

 

Resources and Information to support the referral pathway

Reducing the risk of falls for people living with dementia –  1 page insert for Falls Prevention Booklets

Falls Prevention for People Living with Dementia pathway

FROP COM screening tool

FROP COM Assessment tool

FROP COM Assessment tool Guidelines for use

Don’t fall for it. Falls can be prevented!

Effectiveness of a Targeted Exercise Intervention in Reversing Older People’s Mild Balance Dysfunction: A Randomized Controlled Trial (Yang et al)

Dementia Gippsland Website

Upright and independent: a Guide to Preventing Falls

 

Dementia Falls Prevention Video Conference Presentations

Home Care Assessment Officers and District Nurses

Home Care Workers