This tool is designed as a reference to support family physicians, primary care nurse practitioners and other interprofessional team members prevent and manage falls among people aged 65 and older living in the community.
Let patients know that they have not been singled out for this screening and discussion6
“I ask all my patients 65 and over about falls.”
Ensure each patient understands what a fall is6,9
“A fall is when you accidentally end up on the ground, floor or other lower level, including your knees. A fall is a fall with or without injury.”
Link the discussions to what matters to the patient (e.g. independence, activities, goals, involvement)10
“How do you envision your health and/or living situation in the
next few year?”