Materials for Healthcare Providers

Preventing Falls in Older Patients. STEADI: StoppIng Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries

As a healthcare provider, you are already aware that falls are a serious threat to the health and well-being of your older patients. You play an important role in caring for older adults, and you can help reduce these devastating injuries.

The CDC’s STEADI initiative offers a coordinated approach to implementing the American and British Geriatrics Societies’ clinical practice guideline for fall prevention. STEADI consists of three core elements: Screen, Assess, and Intervene to reduce fall risk by giving older adults tailored interventions.

Educational materials specifically designed for older adults, their friends, and family are also included. See the list of materials included in the STEADI Toolkit.

Download materials below, or order hard copies from CDC-INFO on Demand.

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This tool walks healthcare providers through assessing a patient’s fall risk, educating patients, selecting interventions, and following up.

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This small, easy-to-use tool walks healthcare providers through key points of fall prevention.

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This document can help healthcare providers comfortably talk about fall prevention with patients.

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This checklist allows healthcare providers to summarize an older patient’s fall risk.

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Use this form to refer a patient to a specialist for gait and mobility problems or for other medical problems that may increase his or her risk of falling.

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STEADI Integrating Fall Prevention into Practice

This wall chart helps healthcare providers determine who in their practice will be responsible for conducting fall risk assessments, delivering interventions, and providing education to older patients.

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Use this form to recommend community programs to your older patients to increase their strength and balance. An example of such a program is Tai Chi.

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Case Studies

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Mrs. Booker, a low-risk patient who has come in for a wellness visit.

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Mr. Ying, a medium-risk patient who has been limiting his activities.

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Mrs. Parker, a high-risk patient who had a recent fall.

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Use this test to assess a patient’s leg strength and endurance. See our simple instructions, and watch the short video on how to conduct the test.

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Watch How to Conduct the Test (2:08)

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Use this test to assess a patient’s balance. See our simple instructions, and watch the short video on how to conduct the test.

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Watch How to Conduct the Test (2:06)

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Use this test to assess a patient’s mobility. See our simple instructions, and watch the short video on how to conduct the test.

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Watch How to Conduct the Test (1:28)

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Use this tool to determine if a patient may have postural hypotension.

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Learn how medication management can reduce falls.

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Use this framework to conduct a medication review to help prevent older adult falls.

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Learn how medication management can reduce falls.

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Learn which modifiable risk factors you should focus on first to prevent falls among your patients.

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Learn how serious a problem falls are for older adults.

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Take steps to prevent falls and help your patients stay healthy, active, and independent longer.

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Coordinated Care Plan to Prevent Older Adult Falls.  Keep your older adult patients safe, independent, and STEDI