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What type of environmental assessment and modification prevents falls in community dwelling older people?

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JournalBMJ
DatePublished - 14 Mar 2019
Volume364
Number of pages4
Original languageEnglish

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• Evidence suggests that environmental interventions can prevent falls
in older people at high risk of falls, but they have little or no benefit in
people at low risk
• Offer environmental assessment and modification led by an occupational
therapist to people over 65 who have had a fall in the past year, use a
mobility aid, need assistance with any activities of daily living, take
psychoactive medications, or are concerned about falling
• Environmental assessment and modification encompasses a
comprehensive, validated functional assessment of the individual in
their home environment, a joint problem solving approach, and follow-up
as required

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