Going Mobile – How to Improve Resident Mobility

Improving resident mobility is not only about safety — it’s also about dignity and independence. Several factors affect mobility such as antipsychotic drug use, restraint use, incontinence, poor nutrition and fear of falling. Each of these obstacles can be overcome.

Qsource helps nursing homes improve resident mobility by providing tools, resources and instructions for decreasing falls, pressure ulcers, physical restraints and antipsychotic drug use. Here are a few:

Geriatric Fall Prevention Toolkit

This toolkit from the Collaboration for Homecare Advances in Management and Practice (CHAMP) helps home care professionals become more effective in reducing the number of falls by older patients.

STEADI: Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths and Injuries

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created this comprehensive toolkit to assess and address resident fall risks. It provides tools to make falls prevention part of your processes, methods to obtain background information about patients’ falls, case studies, validated tests to assess fall risk and patient resources.

Strategies for Reducing Falls in Long-Term Care

This article, featured in the Annals of Long Term Care, advocates for performing a root-cause analysis (RCA) immediately after a fall to explore more than the obvious reason for the fall. It provides case studies with step-by-step RCAs to help you determine the right tools and techniques for preventing future falls.

Find more resources from Qsource on improving mobility and reducing antipsychotic drug use and ignite powerful change in your nursing home by taking small steps towards big improvements in care.