A Colten Care research programme has helped cut the number of falls in a care home by a third.
The pilot project at Braemar Lodge in Salisbury was one of two led by clinical manager Lindsay Rees as part of a Masters-level fellowship programme at King’s College London.
Lindsay said: “Reducing the number of falls in care homes benefits residents’ quality of life and avoids hospital admissions.
“I feel really honoured to have had the opportunity to research this specialism on the fellowship course and put the findings directly into action for the benefit of our residents.
“Colleagues at both our pilot homes have been totally engaged and responsive.”
Lindsay’s project involved redesigning how two Colten homes assess and manage the risk of residents falling.
After a detailed literature review to identify current best practice, Lindsay introduced a new individual falls risk factor assessment and care plan, supported by staff engagement and awareness resources.
These help staff to understand the causes of falls and put measures in place to reduce the risk of further falls, while promoting residents’ independence and wellbeing.
Lindsay was among only 30 participants nationally and just two from outside the NHS to complete the internationally recognised older people’s care fellowship course.