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Falls Prevention - Resources for Professionals


Resources for Professionals

New York State Falls in Older Adults Data

Training for Professionals

Visiting Nurse Service of Ithaca and Tompkins County has developed and provided training to home health aides from all agencies as well as consumer-directed aides in the County in ways to reduce falls including:
  • strategies for encouraging client change
  • signs and observations to be alert of
  • steps to take if falls-risk behaviors are evident

The video of the training is available below.

Falls Prevention Planning for Home Health Workers

The Tompkins County Emergency Response Department
EMS has provided informational brochures about falls prevention to approximately 75% of the patients that have fallen but refused or did not need transportation to the hospital for further evaluation or treatment. Nightlights have also been distributed to Bangs Ambulance, Trumansburg Ambulance, and Slaterville Ambulance to be given out with the brochures.
EMS Training Program: The Emergency Response Department developed a training program on geriatrics and the impact of falls. Titled "Aging in Place" can be used for 1.0 CME credit for "Geriatrics". Click here to download the presentation.
Step Up to Stop Falls Toolkit from Health Foundation of Western & Central New York (includes community and professional education resources)
These DVDs from HFWCNY are available, please complete contact information here  (also available from toolkit above)
  • Exercises to Improve Balance, Mobility, and Strength
  • Falls Risk Assessment
  • Curriculum and Resources for an Interdisciplinary Falls Prevention Service Learning Course
Materials for Distribution
Step Up to Stop Falls Brochure (also available from the toolkit above)