OBJECTIVE: To identify risk factors for falls and injuries among seniors living in a long-term care facility.
METHOD: Case-control study of 335 residents living at St. Joseph's Villa, Dundas, Ontario. Cases were defined as residents who fell between July 1, 1996 and June 30, 1997; controls were those who did not fall. To identify risk factors for injury, cases were defined as those with completed incident injury forms and controls as those without.
RESULTS: The most important risk factors for falls included: having fallen in the past three months; residing in a secured unit; living in the facility for two or more years; having the potential to cause injury to others; and having an illness, disease or behaviour that may cause a fall. The most important risk factor for injury among those who fell was altered mental state.
CONCLUSION: The risk factors identified may be helpful to those planning falls prevention initiatives within long-term care settings.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Canadian Journal of Public Health|
|Publication status||Published - 08 May 2001|
Bibliographical noteMedline is the source for the MeSH terms of this document.
- Accidental Falls
- Activities of Daily Living
- Aged, 80 and over
- Case-Control Studies
- Geriatric Assessment
- Logistic Models
- Risk Assessment
- Risk Factors
- Risk Management
- Skilled Nursing Facilities
- Wounds and Injuries
- Journal Article