Course highlights- Section 1

All clients over 55 years of age as well as younger clients with debilitating diseases and/or balance/gait disturbances shall be identified and screened at first contact (on admission) using the SHS Client Fall-Risk Screen. (See Appendix II). Immediate safety concerns as well as treatment and monitoring needs shall be addressed, communicated to the SHS Fall Prevention Team and documented in the client’s file. Both the client and his/her family should be part of this process, whenever possible. (NB: See also Appendix III:  ‘Risk Factors for Falls’ and Appendix IV: ‘ Falls in the Home and Community’ for important background information).