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Dementia Falls Prevention

 

Falls Prevention for People Living With Dementia Assessment Service Pathway

 

People with a cognitive impairment are more at risk from falls than the general population. The reasons for this include; aspects of the neurological condition, perceptual difficulties, agitation, gait disorders, unrecognised falls risk factors and risk taking behaviours associated with reduced cognitive function.  On average, over a twelve month period half of all people living with dementia in the community have one or more falls. A person with dementia who falls five times is more likely to be admitted into residential aged care facilities than others who have not fallen.

 

Emerging evidence suggest that exercise programs for people in the early stages of dementia can help slow functional  decline and reduce the risk of falling.

 

In order to minimise this risk it is important that those with a dementia diagnosis should be screened for balance and risk of falls as part of their initial diagnostic assessment. If this initial screen indicates that the person is at high risk of falls then a referral should be made to an appropriate allied health professional for a detailed assessment and the provision of a personalised exercise program. To ensure adherence to the exercise program a carer will be identified to support the person with their exercises. The program will be periodically reviewed to meet individual's changing requirements and health.  

 

Emerging evidence suggest that exercise programs for people in the early stages of dementia can help slow functional  decline and reduce the risk of falling. Timely referral into a falls prevention program will enable people living with dementia to remain healthier, fitter and more active overtime including decreasing their rate of hospitalisation for a fall related injury.

 

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