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Ambulation and Preventing Falls

This inservice is designed for long term care nursing assistants, CNA's, and home health aides, and describes practices for safe ambulation assistance. Procedures draw on comprehensive care plans for ambulation and prevention of falls. Details are given for the safe use of assistive ambulation devices.

Objectives

On completion of this course, the participant will be able to: 

  1. Explain the facility’s or agency’s role in care-planning to improve or maintain ambulation abilities. 
  2. Describe the appropriate steps to prepare residents or clients for ambulation. 
  3. Outline proper techniques for ambulating residents or clients using a gait belt. 
  4. Explain proper techniques for ambulating residents or clients using a walker. 
  5. Describe proper techniques for ambulating residents or clients using a cane. 
  6. Explain proper techniques for ambulating residents or clients using crutches. 
  7. Define a fall according to long term care and home health care federal regulations.
  8. List six risk factors for falls.
  9. Describe ten interventions to prevent falls. 
  10. Explain what actions to take during and after a resident or client falls for prevention of injury and documentation of the incident.

Curriculum

Chapter 1
Introduction

  • The Importance of Ambulation
  • Ambulation Programs

Chapter 2
Ambulation Care Plans
  • Assessment for Impaired Ambulation
  • Goals for Improved Ambulation

Chapter 3
Ambulation with a Gait Belt
  • Preparing Residents and Clients to Ambulate
  • Using a Gait Belt
  • Ambulation with a Gait Belt

Chapter 4
Ambulation with a Walker
  • Transfer with a Walker
  • Ambulation with a Walker
  • Walker Safety Precautions

Chapter 5
Ambulation with a Cane
  • Transfer with a Cane
  • Ambulation with a Cane
  • Cane Safety Precautions

Chapter 6
Ambulation with Crutches
  • Ambulation with Crutches
  • Safety Precautions for Using Crutches

Chapter 7:
Falls
  • Statistics and Regulations on Falls
  • Definitions of a Fall
  • Risk Factors for Falls
  • Restraints and Bed Rails

Chapter 8:
Fall Prevention Interventions
  • Resident or Client Interventions
  • Clothing Interventions
  • Toileting Interventions
  • Environmental Interventions
  • Furniture Interventions
  • Safety Precautions and Care Plans
  • When a Resident or Client is Falling
  • Incident Reports

Chapter 9
References

Course Snapshot

Cost: $ 10.00
Contact Hours: 1



Accreditation

Upon successful completion the Home Health Aid or Nurse Assistant will receive a Certificate of Completion for 1.0 inservice contact hour(s).
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