Response during pilot
A small pilot study was conducted within two dual registered care homes within Gateshead to test the effectiveness of developing and implementing a standardised framework for the management of falls. The framework was delivered over three months and underpinned by standardised written guidance (with supporting tools) and a formal education programme, incorporating on-the-job support from a Falls Clinical Educator and Older Person’s Specialist Nurse. The results demonstrated a reduction in falls rates at the two pilot sites of 34% and 45% respectively.
In terms of response, 91% of the falls were self-managed, with only one 999 call attributed to falls during the pilot term. It is concluded that this framework may be a useful tool to improve the management of falls within the care home sector, however due to the limited timescale and sample size, further exploration is required to determine long term effectiveness.