Should you focus on fall prevention or mobilization?
This is a commonly asked question! With November being promoted as "Fall Prevention Month" in Canada, we thought it would be a good time for discussion.
A fear of falls can result in mobilization hesitation by healthcare providers, older adults, and caregivers, yet o
ne of the best ways to prevent falls is mobilization!
a positive message, such as "movement is good medicine" instead of "fall prevention" can set up the dialogue for the many benefits of mobilization, and can include tips for mobilizing safely. Maybe its time to rename Falls Prevention Month: "Mobility Matters Month"!
Think of creative ways to engage in the promotion of mobilization in every sector, such as:
- Questioning the status quo - "Why is this person in pajamas during the day?" / "Why is this person eating in bed?" / "Are we tracking mobilization?" / "Is this person suffering from avoidable harm due to immobility?" / "Can I provide care in a way that encourages this person to move more?"
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