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Fall Prevention for Older Adults - PT151

Fall Prevention for Older Adults

by Arlene Orhon Jech, BSN, RN and Marian D. Edmiston, DEd, MSN, RN-BC
(4.3 / 3130 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Falls are a serious health risk for older people. For many older adults, a fall is a life-changing event that can lead to disability, loss of independence or even death. One out of three community-dwelling adults 65 and older falls every year, and 20% to 30% of those who fall sustain moderate to severe injuries such as lacerations, fractures and head injuries. Healthcare professionals of various disciplines need to understand what causes seniors to fall and what the evidence shows can prevent the events.


The goal of this fall risk continuing education program is to improve the ability of nurses, physical therapists and occupational therapists to identify and minimize risk factors for falls in the older adult population and reduce the risk of patient harm resulting from falls. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify the major physical, psychological and environmental risk factors for falls in older adults
  • List measures that can prevent falls in home, hospital and long-term care settings
  • Conduct a thorough evaluation after a fall

Approval Infomation
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of CE for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 11/16/2018 to 6/11/2019.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider 1902004TX for 02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California for 4/5/10 to 12/31/18. Relias LLC is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California as of 1/1/2019.
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000290) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from October 2018 through September 30, 2020.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The OH PT Association (approval no. 17S0134 for 1/6/17 to 1/6/18).
The FL PT Association (approval no. CE17-518361 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the FL PT Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The TN PT Association for Class 1 CE Requirement (approval no. 2016-509 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17).
The PA Board of PT (approval no. PTCE010125 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18).
The NJ Board of PT Examiners (approval no. 2016-255 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18).
This course has been approved by:
The MD State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 10/30/15 to 10/30/19.
This course has been approved by the NV State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 07/31/15 to 07/31/17.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 8/26/2015
Date of Most Recent Review: 8/26/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 8/26/2018


Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


For Florida professionals:

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Peter C - Miami, FL  ·  Jan 15, 2019
It was a very helpful review.
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Allison D - Raleigh, NC  ·  Jan 13, 2019
Fall prevention is such an issue with the adult patient population, lots to consider
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Vicki T - Midland, TX  ·  Jan 08, 2019
I would recommend this course.
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James S - Bristol, CT  ·  Jan 03, 2019
clear and concise course
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DANIELLE D - Langhorne, PA  ·  Dec 30, 2018
I learned a lot of statistics of falls and what causes falls and how much money was spent on fall related injuries.
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Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50