It may be an amusing play on words but the state-wide April Falls Day (Monday 1st 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 'Frailty - Do you know the signs?

  • Frailty can impact a person's ability to function and maintain independence.
  • Frailty is a clinical syndrome in which multiple physiological processes decline. It is a risk factor for poorer health outcomes including falls, hospitalisation, disability and admission to residential care.
  • Frailty can be measured by looking at deficits related to fatigue, strength, mobility, illness and loss of weight.

April Falls Day® 2019 is an opportunity to promote Frailty - Do you know the signs? 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: Recognise the Signs"

A free forum and expo for clinicians, partners in health care and consumer advisors of Northern Sydney Local Health District and Community Services with an interest in recognising and managing frailty.

Focus:

  • The latest evidence regarding Frailty and links with Falls Prevention
  • The latest developments with regards to management from medical, pharmacological, physical activity and nutritional perspectives, including work in NSLHD and Sydney North Primary Health Network
  • Discussion regarding clinical application of frailty screening in NSLHD including leaders from a range of specialties, disciplines & care settings

Presenters:

  • Prof Sue Kurrle, Clinical Director Rehabilitation and Aged Care, NSLHD
  • Prof Sarah Hilmer, Geriatrician and Pharmacologist, RNSH
  • Other NSLHD Clinical Leaders

When: Wednesday 3rd April

Time: 8.45am - 1.00pm (registration from 8.30am) - Morning Tea provided

Where: Kolling Auditorium, Royal North Shore Hospital (Video Conference links are possible by prior arrangement & with a local coordinator)

Registration: Natalie Dawes, Clinical Network Administration Officer e: natalie.dawes@health.nsw.gov.au

Frailty: Recognise the Signs - Forum & Expo Flyer

 

Webinars

3rd April, 2-3pm

The Importance of mobilising frail older people in hospital to prevent further deconditioning

​Professor Anne- Marie Hill

Register in advance

10th April, 2-3pm

Recognising the signs of frailty and deciding what to do about them

Professor Susan Kurrle

Register in advance

 

Resources

2019 Posters, Flyers & Presentations

Frailty - Do you know the signs? (Photo Version)
Frailty - Do you know the signs (Graphic Version)
Frailty - Do you know the signs - Health Professionals
Frailty - Do you know the signs - staff
Spotting the signs of poor nutrition
How to refer to a Dietitian in NSLHD
April Falls Day - Frailty, Do you know the signs (Powerpoint presentation)

 

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

2018

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

 

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

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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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