Title: Fall prevention strategies in two nursing homes: how can they be improved and properly managed?

Authors: Hengameh M. Hosseini

Addresses: School of Public Affairs, Penn State Harrisburg, 777 West Harrisburg Pike, Middletown, PA 17057, USA

Abstract: The purpose of this study is to discuss falls among the elderly, risk factors, injuries caused by those falls, and the impact of these injuries on the cost of healthcare in the USA. This investigation concentrates on fall management techniques by two nursing facilities - Meadows Nursing Home in Dallas, Pennsylvania, and Daughters of Israel in West Orange, New Jersey. The goal of this investigation was to develop a plan that reduces falls among the elderly and lowers healthcare costs. This study has highlighted strategies that, if implemented, will lead to fewer falls and injuries among the elderly and lower healthcare costs in the USA, particularly the portion paid by Medicare. Proper management of falls requires that suggestions for improvement be communicated between various entities including nursing facilities, hospitals, older individuals and others in charge of their care.

Keywords: community organisation models; elderly; fall prevention; falls; nursing homes; old people; risk factors; fall injuries; healthcare costs; USA; United States; fall management; senior citizens.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTCS.2014.067806

International Journal of Teaching and Case Studies, 2014 Vol.5 No.3/4, pp.252 - 264

Received: 14 Dec 2013
Accepted: 09 Jan 2014

Published online: 26 Feb 2015 *

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