Falls and falls prevention in Residential Aged Care: Problems, Practices and Progress

Wed 2nd Nov 2016

Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research (CADR) and Department of Nursing Joint Seminar

Swansea University, Singleton Campus

2nd November 2016, 3pm -5pm

Haldane 104


Falls and falls prevention in Residential Aged Care: Problems, Practices and Progress


Presented by: Jacqui Francis-Coad


Falls are a significant concern across the residential aged care sector with half its elderly population falling annually. The consequences of falling for people in residential aged care can be devastating; resulting in further loss of independence, reduced quality of life and mortality. Preventing falls in residential aged care is a challenge as older people have complex care needs, the workforce is diversely skilled and resources are constrained. This research reports on a project that implemented and operated a falls prevention ‘Community of Practice’ (CoP) from within a residential aged care organisation across 13 geographically diverse sites. The CoP brought together university researchers and clinical staff, including nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and care managers, all with an interest in falls prevention to share their ideas and expertise and action change. The CoP was evaluated at member, site and organisation levels, together with its impact on falls outcomes. Findings from this research are presented.


Jacqueline submitted her PhD in September 2016 and is a lecturer at the University of Notre Dame Australia, School of Physiotherapy. She is a titled gerontological physiotherapist with over 20 years’ experience across the aged care sector and has completed postgraduate qualifications in both Gerontology and Education. Her research interests are in falls prevention and education to enhance the safety and well being of older people. She was awarded a WA Health Research Travel Fellowship to conduct a post-doctoral collaboration project with The Centre for Innovative Ageing and Department of Nursing at Swansea University and is delighted to be back in her homeland


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