Fall Prevention for Older Adults - PT151

Fall Prevention for Older Adults

by Arlene Orhon Jech, BSN, RN and Marian D. Edmiston, DEd, MSN, RN-BC
(4.3 / 3075 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Falls are a serious health risk for older people. For many older adults, a fall is a life-changing event that can lead to disability, loss of independence or even death. One out of three community-dwelling adults 65 and older falls every year, and 20% to 30% of those who fall sustain moderate to severe injuries such as lacerations, fractures and head injuries. Healthcare professionals of various disciplines need to understand what causes seniors to fall and what the evidence shows can prevent the events.


The goal of this fall risk continuing education program is to improve the ability of nurses, physical therapists and occupational therapists to identify and minimize risk factors for falls in the older adult population and reduce the risk of patient harm resulting from falls. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify the major physical, psychological and environmental risk factors for falls in older adults
  • List measures that can prevent falls in home, hospital and long-term care settings
  • Conduct a thorough evaluation after a fall

Approval Infomation
OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by The NY State Education Dept. of CE for PT and PTA from 10/21/2009 to 10/20/2021.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2013; 1601004 for 02/01/2013 to 01/31/2016; and 1902004TX for 02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in TX. The assignment of TX PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
As of 4/5/10, OnCourse Learning is recognized by The PT Board of CA as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of CA.
OnCourse Learning was approved as a provider of CE by The NC PT Association (provider no. 09-0215-001PR) from 3/8/2009 through 3/8/2010.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed PT CE sponsor (#216.000275) with The IL Dept. of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through 9/30/2018. 
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The OH PT Association (approval no. 08S0264, exp. date 2/1/09; approval no. 09S0673 for 2/2/09 to 2/2/10; 12S0227 for 1/1/12 to 01/01/13; 13S0962 for 1/2/2013 to 1/2/2014; 14S0332 for 1/3/14 to 1/3/15; 15S0594 for 1/4/15 to 1/4/16; 16S0779 for 1/5/16 to 1/5/17; 17S0134 for 1/6/17 to 1/6/18).
The FL PT Association (approval no. CE80011970, exp. date 12/31/08; approval no. CP90013869, exp. date 12/31/09; approval no. CP100013877, exp. date 12/31/10; CP110018167 for 01/01/11 to 12/31/11; CP120018293 for 01/01/12 to 12/31/12; CP130019605 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CP140021502 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CP150024026 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27132 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-518361 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the FL PT Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The TX Board of PT Examiners (approval no. 43194A, exp. date 2/1/09; approval no. 09S0673 for 2/2/09 to 2/2/10).
The TN PT Association for Class 1 CE Requirement (approval no. 4137 for 01/01/12 to 12/31/12, 4991 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; 6027 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; 6028 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; 1660 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; 2016-509 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17).
The PA Board of PT (PTCE003836 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE007028 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE010125 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18).
The NJ Board of PT Examiners (approval no. 1110-2008; exp. date 01/31/10; 2016-255 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18).
This course has been approved by:
The MD State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 12/19/11 to 12/19/15; 10/30/15 to 10/30/19.
The NV State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 units of CE for 01/30/12 to 07/31/13; 07/31/13 to 07/31/15; 07/31/15 to 07/31/17.
The IL Chapter CE Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of CE offerings established by The IL PT Association (approval no. 359-2263, exp. date 3/1/09; approval no. 437.2848 for 5/1/2009 through 5/1/2010; 437-4125 for 01/01/12 to 01/01/13; 437-4637 for 01/01/13  to 01/01/14). According to the Rules for the Administration of the IL PT Act (section 13460.61) published by the IL Dept. of Professional Regulation, a PT or PTA applying for re-licensure in IL can earn a maximum of 50% of their required CE hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 8/26/2015
Date of Most Recent Review: 8/26/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 8/26/2018


Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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AMANDA N - Reading, PA  ·  Nov 11, 2018
This course was a good review of previously learned information + some new information.
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Judith O - Philadelphia, PA  ·  Nov 08, 2018
This is always a great course to refresh my treating skills and to be able to educate my patients in order to decrease frisk for falls.
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Mary R - Encinitas, CA  ·  Nov 07, 2018
Maybe I would recommend. PT's and OT's should be writing this CEU units notjust RN's
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John A - Arlington, TX  ·  Nov 02, 2018
very good course with at least twenty characters
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Mary Ann C - Bratenahl, OH  ·  Nov 02, 2018
Concise, relevant information for preventing falls in older adults.
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Price: $19.00
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