1/3 of older adults over the age of 65 fall, 10% of these falls can lead to serious injuries like hip fractures. The average length of life for someone who fractures their hip is 6 months. The risk and reasons for falling are multifactorial and often take a long time to assess. There are a few evidence based recommendations for reducing fall risk, yet a lack of awareness of these recommendations, and community resources to address this need. This project aimed to create a standardized assessment tool based on literature research and available community resources to facilitate fall risk assessment targeted at the most vulnerable population, and risks that have proven interventions.
Little Rivers Health Care
Elderly, Fall Prevention, Community Outreach, Vermont, Rural
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Mercier, Alison, "Reducing Falls: Merging Research and Community Resources" (2016). Family Medicine Block Clerkship, Student Projects. 210.