Falls champions bring awareness week alive across the professions

Falls awareness week at the end of September was marked at Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital in Welwyn, Hertfordshire, by four staff falls champions.

Physio Krishna Govind, nursing sister Editha Hilario, health care assistant Diane Levy and technical instructor Bomar Garciano

Event organiser, senior physiotherapist Krishna Govind, nominated the  champions who each day picked a subject to discuss with patients.

These covered:

  •  hydration and nutrients
  •  staying active after a fall
  • falls safety at home
  • vision, hearing and footwear
  • outdoor falls
The falls champions' informational board and equipment displays

‘For five days we talked to patients about each criteria and gave patients and family members handouts,’ Mrs Govind told Frontline.

A falls education group every Wednesday involves the falls champions along with technical instructor Elizabeth Chisoko.

‘My plan for the future is to involve all health care assistants and nurses,’ said Mrs Govind.





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