4.5.1 Overview

Before you leave the subject of mobility behind, it is important to take a close look at the major risk to do with mobility: falling. Falls are a major cause of injury to clients, and so it is important that you understand how to identify fall risks and prevent falls using safe practices.

You assess safety risks every day in life. Safety is a primary need, and being able to understand how to assess areas for safety risks is the responsibility of all who work in health care. In previous parts, we have covered safety in relation to infection control, meals, general physical assessments for safety and emergency care. Earlier in this session, we covered mobility safety issues. This lesson will help you apply the skills you currently possess, and hone your safety assessments to achieve effective fall prevention in the client’s environment.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • Recognize risks in the client environment that increase the potential for falls and injuries.
  • Identify ways to assist the client in preventing or reducing falls.

Key Terms

No new key terms are used in this chapter.


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