◂  March 2019

FALLS: It's ALL About Prevention

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Cassi Meritt

Falls are common among older adults in assisted, independent and skilled facilities, but they are not a normal part of aging. Research has shown that most falls are preventable with evidence-based strategies. In this webinar, attendees will learn how to help their residents prevent falls by implementing evidence-based programs, making environmental changes and developing resident- specific interventions. This presentation will also address post-fall actions, including how to know when emergency medical assistance is necessary, and monitoring for adverse post-fall events.

Bio:  Carolyn Ham is the Older Adult Falls Prevention Specialist in the Injury and Violence Prevention Section at the Washington State Department of Health. In this position she leads the Washington State Falls Prevention Coalition, is Project Director for Washington’s 2018 Administration on Community Living Evidence-Based Falls Prevention Grant, and is coordinating the implementation of Finding Our Balance: Washington State Action Plan for Older Adult Falls Prevention. She has a BA from the University of Puget Sound and is a Physical Therapist Assistant. Prior to joining DOH her clinical work focused on geriatric populations in Home Health and Skilled Nursing settings.

Carolyn Ham, PTA, Older Adult Falls Prevention Specialist, Injury and Violence Prevention, Prevention and Community Health, Washington State Department of Health 


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