Developing a Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults in Londonderry, New Hampshire   [open pdf - 2MB]

"The problem was that the older adults of Londonderry, New Hampshire were experiencing an increase in fall injuries and the Londonderry Fire Department had no efforts underway to address the issue. The purpose of this action research was to determine if falls of older adults are in fact a problem in Londonderry and to develop an implementation plan for a fall prevention program that could be delivered to the target audience in order to reduce the number of injuries resulting from falls. The research examined the extent of the problem of falls in the community; who the stakeholders were for this problem; the level of community awareness about this issue; what fall prevention programs existed and were they appropriate for our community; and what resources were available for delivering the program to the community. This research was carried out by performing a literature review, conducting a survey of older adults, analyzing data from the Londonderry Fire Department's electronic patient care reporting systems, attending falls reduction meetings and seminars and conducting personal interviews and a focus group discussion. The results indicated that falls of older adults were a serious problem; that there are numerous stakeholders for this problem and the best prevention programs have stakeholders from multiple different disciplines; that many older adults do not feel that they are at risk of falling; there were numerous prevention programs available and some were available at no cost through a grant; and that due to fiscal constraints non-traditional methods need to be considered for presenting this program to the older adults of the community. Recommendations were made to the Londonderry Fire Department to work with community partners on this issue and to develop a fall prevention program utilizing volunteers and educational material provided to the department through a grant. This effort would provide a foundation to build a more comprehensive program."

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