Recognizing that falls within nursing centers, constitutes a reason for high hospital admissions and frequent deficiencies, the AHCA Clinical Practice Subcommittee on Falls has created a week-long event called Falls Management & Prevention. The eight, 1 hour, pre-recorded sessions hosted by experts provide a wide array of insights into protecting residents. The series provides great ideas and useful strategies related to sleep, medication, environment, QAPI, workplace practices, regulatory issues, family and leadership practices. The recorded sessions build upon each other and provide opportunity for centers to view the sessions over and over and share them with staff on different units and shifts. The program has a companion guide A Guide to Managing Falls Risks

The webinar series will occur Monday, September 22nd through Thursday, September 25th. (Recordings will be released on Friday, September 19th ) In addition, each day at 4PM ET, the presenters will host a live chat to talk with care providers, answer questions and allow for idea sharing from participants.

The Subcommittee suggests you listen in this order:

Falls Management & Prevention Program Schedule

Monday, September 22

Workshop 1: Falls Prevention and Management: Using the HATCh Model (Pre-record)

Holly Harmon, RN, MBA, LNHA, Sr. Director of Clinical Services AHCA

Diane C. Vaughn, RN, C-DONA/LTC, LNHA, VP, Clinical Services, Benedictine Health System, AHCA Chair of Clinical Practice Committee

Marguerite McLaughlin, Sr. Director of Quality Improvement, AHCA

 

Summary:

An exciting introduction to guide participants through the Falls Weeks journey, the resources, framework and concepts.

Learner Objectives:

At the end of the session, the learner will be able to :

  • Review the week’s events as well as The Guide to Falls Management
  • Distinguish between the knowledge, skill & attitude competencies to prevent falls
  • Distinguish between the six domains of HATCh and the ways they support the prevention of falls

Workshop 2: Preventing Falls by Providing a Good Night’s Sleep (Pre-record)

Sue Ann Guilderman, Director of Education, Empira

 

Summary:

This session lays out the importance of a healthy night’s sleep in reducing falls through empirical evidence and practical implementation strategies.

Learner Objectives:

At the end of the session, the learner will be able to :

  • Recognize the health benefits of sleep
  • Review data that supports why a full night’s sleep is necessary
  • Formulate ideas for implementing sleep strategies in their setting

Monday, September 22 4:00 PM ET Live Chat with presenters

This live chat session provides the opportunity to talk with Workshop 1&2 presenters, ask question and share ideas with other participants.

Holly Harmon, RN, MBA, LNHA, Sr. Director of Clinical Services AHCA

Diane C. Vaughn, RN, C-DONA/LTC, LNHA, VP, Clinical Services, Benedictine Health System, AHCA Chair of Clinical Practice Committee

Marguerite McLaughlin, Sr. Director of Quality Improvement, AHCA

Tuesday, September 23

Workshop 3: Don't Let Falls Drop Your Survey Scores (Pre-record)

Lyn Bentley, MSW, Sr. Director of Regulatory Services

Steve Biondi, VP External Relations for Extendicare, AHCA Chair of Survey/ Regulatory Committee

 

Summary:

This session provides insight from experts on the connection between falls and the survey process. The session offers insight from a regulatory standpoint.

Learner Objectives:

At the end of the session, the learner will be able to :

  • Review regulations that connect to falls
  • Discover practical  implementation strategies
  • Recognize practices that will decrease exposure to falls deficiencies

Workshop 4: Preventing Falls through Medication Vigilance (Pre-record)

Greg Milanich, HCR-Manor Care’s Director of Consultative Pharmacists

 

Summary:

This informative session will give participants insight into medication management and their relationship to falls. Here you will learn interesting facts and insights on ways to create greater safety for your residents.

Learner Objectives:

At the end of the session, the learner will be able to :

  • Assess your current practices related to medication management
  • Discover strategies that help to prevent falls
  • Review medications that contribute to falls

Tuesday, September 23 4:00 PM ET    Live Chat with presenters

This live chat session provides the opportunity to talk with Workshop 3&4 presenters, ask question and share ideas with other participants.

Lyn Bentley, MSW, Sr. Director of Regulatory Services

Steve Biondi, VP External Relations for Extendicare, AHCA Chair of Survey/ Regulatory Committee

Greg Milanich, HCR-Manor Care’s Director of Consultative Pharmacists

Wednesday, September 24

Workshop 5: Mapping A QAPI Journey around Falls (Pre-record)

Anna Fisher, DHA, Health, Quality, Nursing Education Expert, Hillcrest Health Services health

 

Summary:

As we move to create QAPI environment s, it will be useful to walk through the QAPI process as it relates to falls.

Learner Objectives:

At the end of the session, the learner will be able to :

  • Apply the elements of QAPI and root cause analysis to address falls.
  • Using case scenarios, assemble effective processes to identify and resolve individual and systemic concerns.
  • Use root cause analysis to accomplish clinical goals based on individualized health and safety needs.

 

Workshop 6: Managing Falls: A Leaders Guide (Pre-record)

Holly Harmon, RN, MBA, LNHA, Sr. Director of Clinical Services AHCA

Diane C. Vaughn, RN, C-DONA/LTC, LNHA, VP, Clinical Services, Benedictine Health System

Sandy Fitzler, Senior Program Coordinator, Healthcentric Advisors

 

Summary:

This session provides insight into the practices leaders can implement to prevent falls. This includes ways to motivate, oversee and track falls. The session identifies workplace practices necessary to prevent falls.

Learner Objectives:

At the end of the session, the learner will be able to :

  • Contrast your current practices against best practices
  • Identify practices that can be implemented to support staff’s efforts in reducing falls

Wednesday, September 24 4:00 PM ET    Live Chat with presenters

This live chat session provides the opportunity to talk with Workshop 5&6 presenters, ask question and share ideas with other participants.

Anna Fisher, DHA, Health, Quality, Nursing Education Expert, Hillcrest Health Services health

Holly Harmon, RN, MBA, LNHA, Sr. Director of Clinical Services AHCA

Diane C. Vaughn, RN, C-DONA/LTC, LNHA, VP, Clinical Services, Benedictine Health System

Sandy Fitzler, Senior Program Coordinator, Healthcentric Advisors

Thursday, September 25

Workshop 7: Involving Families in Falls Prevention & Management-(Pre-record)

Diane C. Vaughn, RN, C-DONA/LTC, LNHA, VP, Clinical Services, Benedictine Health System

 

Summary:

Families play an increasingly integral role in the quality of a nursing center. Educating them on falls and bringing them into the knowledge stream will strengthen them as allies and promoters of your organization

Learner Objectives:

At the end of the session, the learner will be able to :

  • Develop strategies that include families in falls prevention
  • Consider current levels of family engagement
  • Explore practical education programs for families

 

Workshop 8: Aging Safely: Environmental Modifications to Reduce Fall Risk-(Pre-record)

Liz Jensen, RN, MSN, RN-BC, Clinical Director at Direct Supply

 

Summary:

This session will explore practical and affordable environmental modifications that are effective in reducing fall risk such as noise reduction, lighting, color and other environmental considerations. We’ll also explore modifications for both skilled nursing centers and assisted living residences. 

 

Learner Objectives:

At the end of the session, the learner will be able to :

  • Review how aging and illness impacts a resident’s ability to safely navigate their environment.
  • Compare the similarities and differences of environmental safety in a skilled nursing center versus an assisted living residence.
  • Explore practical & affordable environmental modifications that have the greatest impact in reducing fall risk

Thursday, September 25  4:00 PM ET    Live Chat with presenters
This live chat session provides the opportunity to talk with Workshop 7&8 presenters, ask question and share ideas with other participants..
Diane C. Vaughn, RN, C-DONA/LTC, LNHA, VP, Clinical Services, Benedictine Health System

Liz Jensen, RN, MSN, RN-BC, Clinical Director at Direct Supply

 



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Welcome to AHCA/NCAL Webinars

AHCA/NCAL provides free webinars as a way for our members to gain important industry knowledge in your own facility, office or home by participating in an effective learning opportunity for the long term care professional.  With little time to spare, participating in Webinars allow you to stay up-to-date on the latest in our industry and further your knowledge and professional development in a convenient and time efficient manner.  Webinars will be archived so that they can be accessed by AHCA/NCAL members in the event that they are unable to participate in the live webinar.  Access to the archived webinars is free of charge

 

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