It may be an amusing play on words but the state-wide April Falls Day (Wednesday 4th April) and April Falls Month are serious business.

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Keeping older people safe in hospitalTheir purpose is to promote falls prevention for all patients and assist older people to stay fall-free in the community.

This year's theme is 'Nutrition and Hydration' – eating well to prevent falls.

When older people, or those who are unwell, don't consume enough food or water they lose muscle and strength, become unsteady on their feet, can feel weak and/or dizzy, which can lead to a fall.

April Falls Day® and Month 2018 is an opportunity to promote nutrition and hydration across your hospital, community setting or residential aged care facility.

Help reduce the incidence of falls in our health facilities and the community.

Use the following resources to get the message out during April Falls Month activities.

April Falls Day® 2018 is an opportunity to promote Nutrition and Hydration - eating right to prevent falls across your hospital, community setting or residential aged care facility.

Help reduce the incidence of falls in our health facilities and the community. Use the following resources to get the message out during April Falls Month activities.

 

Seminar & Expo

"Frailty and Sarcopaenia" - What do we know and what can we do?

A free forum and expo for health & community service workers located in the Northern Sydney Local Health District area with an interest in frailty and sarcopaenia was held on Wednesday, 11th April 2018.

The Forum focussed on the latest evidence, developments and next steps for clinical application of frailty screening.

Presentations:

Frailty in Clinical Practice
Frailty Screening: Implications and new tools for inpatient care including medication review
Frailty: A pharmacy perspective
Sarcopaenia & Osteoporosis: Two sides of the same coin?
Beyond Tea and Toast: Sarcopaenia and Nutrition
Improving mobility and function in older people with frailty and sarcopaenia
Frailty and the older surgical patient
Frailty Initiative: St.George Hospital
Conversation as assessment and therapy
Frailty and Sarcopaenia...and falls...and cognitive impairment
 

Resources

2018 April Falls Posters & Fact Sheets

Spotting the signs of poor nutrition and hydration
Keeping older people safe in hospital
Staying hydrated and eating well while in hospital
Falls prevention, nutrition & dementia
Falls prevention, nutrition & dementia - carer information (for carers of a person who has dementia)
Are your clothes or jewellery getting loose?
Is your cat eating more of your food than you?
Are your dogs eating more of your food than you?
How to refer to a Dietitian in NSLHD

 

General April Falls Posters

How to Fall Proof Yourself
Falls are preventable - We all have a role to play
Patients at risk - Falls risk screen
Preventing falls - tips for seniors
Carers: Your role is key
Carers: Your role is key (detailed)
Carers are important
Pets are a hazard - Dogs
Pets are a hazard - Cats
Don't go head over heels
Don't bite the dust
Dance like no-one is watching 
Set yourself up to stay independent at home

 

Presentations 

Theme - Nutrition & Hydration, Eating well to prevent falls

April Falls Day - Nutrition & Hydration: The role of Allied Health Professionals
April Falls Day - Nutrition & Hydration: Community
April Falls Day - Nutrition & Hydration: Hospitals

 

More Information 

April Falls Day:April Falls Day - Clinical Excellence Commission

NSW Falls Prevention Program -Clinical Excellence Commission

 

 

 

Previous Years of April Falls Day

2017​2016

Posters​

Moving right to stay upright - Take steps to prevent a fall
Moving Around Safely in Hospitals
Helping our patients - take steps to prevent a fall (April Falls Day)
Helping our patients - take steps to prevent a fall (April Falls Month)
Helping our consumers - take steps to prevent a fall
Helping our younger MHDA consumers - take steps to prevent a fall
Take Steps to Prevent a Fall - Home Tasks Checklist

 

Presentations: Theme - Moving Right to Stay Upright

April Falls Day - Moving Right to Stay Upright (Hospitals)
April Falls Month - Moving Right to Stay Upright (Community)

Presentations: Theme - Share The care

April Falls Day - Share The Care (Hospitals)
April Falls Day - Share The Care (Community)

 

 

 

2015
​​2015 Presentations: Theme - Don't let confusion cloud the risk of falls:

Health Professionals - Hospital Based
Health Professionals - Hospital Based (with Case Study)
Health Professionals - Community Based
Health Professionals - Residential Care

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