When trying to improve senior home safety, we assume (with good intentions) that our intended audience (seniors – adults over the age of 65) will understand and act upon the advice provided. With one out of three seniors falling each year, we would like to think that seniors would do everything in their power to prevent themselves from falling.
A graduate thesis, “OLDER ADULTS’ PERCEPTIONS OF FALL-PREVENTION EDUCATION: A QUALITATIVE STUDY” by Kristi Sanborn Miller in July 2010 is relevant to the intentions of this website and to seniors and all family members and caregivers who want to help improve safety conditions in homes. Quotes from the thesis are italicized.
This study shows that traditional fall prevention education messages emphasizing changes with aging and the dangers of falling are not well received by older inpatients. … participants do not believe themselves to be at risk for falling, do not believe falling is preventable, and for the most part do not feel fall prevention education messages applied to them. … this study shows that participants are open to fall prevention education if it is delivered in an appropriate manner.
Implications for older inpatient education include that it matters who provides fall prevention messages, what messages should emphasize, when and where messages should take place and how they should be delivered (see Table 2).
Source: Kristi Sanborn Miller, OLDER ADULTS’ PERCEPTIONS OF FALL-PREVENTION EDUCATION: A QUALITATIVE STUDY. A thesis presented to the faculty of the Graduate School of Western Carolina University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Nursing, July 2010. http://libres.uncg.edu/ir/wcu/f/Miller2010.pdf