This Ausmed Course considers the psychosocial health of people who are at risk of falls and ways to provide care specific to meeting their needs.
- What is psychosocial health and how does it relate to falls?
- How is a person’s social and spiritual health affected by a fall?
- Practical considerations to support a person's psychological and emotional health following a fall.
There is limited research on the contribution and influence a patient’s psychosocial health has on their fall risk, with literature tending to focus on physical and health risk factors only. Additionally, there is little literature on the positive aspects of wellbeing and its relation to fall risk, however, what is known is that having a fall can cause a fear of falling in a person, which then impacts how that person interacts socially.
Healthcare professionals are in a unique position to frequently monitor patients and their psychosocial care in relation to falls. Caregivers need to be more inclusive of the patient’s sexuality, spirituality, optimism and hope when assessing psychosocial care and quality of life, as these subjects can be the least explored by staff with their patients. This barrier can adversely affect falls prevention.
The purpose of this Ausmed Course is to prepare you to feel adequately informed and skilled at providing psychosocial care to the person who has experienced or is at risk of falling.
- Use your knowledge of psychosocial factors that impact on falls risk in order to better prevent falls in high-risk patients and consequent negative health outcomes.
- Undertake a recommended comprehensive psychosocial assessment on patients to ascertain risk of falling and plan required prevention interventions.
This Ausmed Course is most relevant to registered nurses, care workers and other healthcare professionals working in inpatient wards of hospitals and residential aged care facilities.
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