Fall Prevention in Older Adults – 5 Hours



Falls are a significant cause of injury and death. They can be caused by various factors within and outside of a person’s control. To prevent falls, it’s crucial to understand how they happen and to develop strategies to avoid them. Falls can significantly decline function, particularly among older people, and can negatively impact overall health. Healthcare providers, including physical and occupational therapists, should play an active role in fall prevention. Various balance tests can help determine a person’s risk of falling, and multiple intervention strategies can reduce that risk. It’s essential to manage a patient following a fall and take steps to prevent future falls.

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the prevalence of falls.
  • Discuss epidemiology regarding falls.
  • Identify causes and risk factors of falls.
  • Discuss evaluating a patient post-fall.
  • Identify examination techniques used to assess a patient post-fall.
  • Have the tools to implement a balance and fall prevention program.
  • Describe fall prevention strategies in acute cure.
  • Discuss perceptions related to falls and fall prevention among hospitalized adults.
  • Describe ways to prevent falls in the geriatric population.
  • Discuss single and multi-factorial fall prevention strategies.
  • Describe how to perform a risk assessment and be able to implement fall prevention strategies associated with each risk.
  • Understand how to perform and score the Berg Balance Assessment.
  • Understand how to perform the Timed Up and Go test.
  • Describe the association between vitamin D and fall prevention in women.
  • Describe the effectiveness of physical therapist-administered group-based exercise in fall prevention.
  • Describe physical therapy for improving balance and reducing fall risk for patients with knee osteoarthritis.
  • Describe the association of flexibility, balance, and lumbar strength with balance ability.
  • Understand how single-task vs. dual-task training affects balance performance in older adults.
  • Describe the occupational therapy perspective on fall prevention.
  • Describe safety versus independence as it relates to fall prevention.
  • Understand the need for support for caregivers of patients with a history of falls.
  • Describe vestibular conditions and how they can relate to falls.


Author:  Lisa Augustyn, PT, DPT, Dianna Lunsford OTD M.Ed. OTR/L CHT

Contact Hours: 5 Hours / 5 PDR (AOTA CEUs—0.5)

Educational Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites: None

AOTA Classification Codes: Category 1 – OT Service Delivery

Cost: $30 / Participant

Instructional Methods:  Online Independent Self-Study (Training + Post-Test). A minimum passing score of 70% is required to complete the course and receive a printable (PDF) certificate via email.

Target Audience: OTs, OTAs, PTs, PTAs, and Other Health Professionals

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Biologix Solutions LLC is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. The course approval ID# for this distance learning-independent program is 9837. It is offered at 0.5 CEUs and falls under the Intermediate, Category 1 – OT Service Delivery. However, please note that the assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply that AOTA endorses specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.

The current term of approval extends from 6/21/2017 through 6/30/2025. Provider ID: 9837. Approval

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