Resources for a Care Home Environment

Click on the titled tabs below to review our care homes resources

Falls Risk FactorIncludes
Overarching Key Risk FactorsMuscle Strength, rushing to the toilet, medication, eyesight and alchol
FootwearTaking care of your feet, checking casual factors
Environmental ChecksIdentifying and assessing home hazards
MedicationReviewing medication & understanding precipitating factors
Visual AwarenessChecking eye health
Equipment and Walking AidsAuditing physical & technological aids
Nutrition and Hydration
How a healthy diet can help reduce falls

Aiding Physical ActivityMotivation and training ideas, including gaining qualifications and seeking professional advice
Chair Based Exercises for mobilityChair Based Exercise tips for service users, understanding the legal boundaries
Exercise Tips for strength and balanceStanding balance exercises for more mobile service users

What to do when a fall occursHow to encourage standing up and making the Service User comfortable
SBAR Tool The Hertfordshire SBAR tool can be utilised to support your service and staff to assess a situation and contact the right health service.
Falls ChecklistThis falls checklist is a guideline used by the East of England Ambulance service and is
used as a recommendation on how to best respond to a fall.

Innovative IdeasIncludes
Fix up your frameTransforming Service User walking aids
Light your nightReducing night-time falls risks
TechnologyUtilise simple technology to help stop falls
Falls Risk Assessment Tool (FRAT)

This is a quick and easy tool to assess an individual’s falls risk. This tool can be used for all individuals you think may be at risk of falling and gives guidance on specific areas surrounding the individuals falls risk.


Falls Efficacy Scale (FES-I)

The Falls Efficacy Scale-International (FES-I) is a short, easy to administer tool that measures the level of concern about falling during social and physical activities inside and outside the home whether or not the person actually does the activity.

Provider Self Assessment

Self-assessment for falls policies and procedures within a care setting.

Prevention Toolkit

Service User Screen AssessmentReviewing medication & understanding precipitating factors
Timed Up and goDetermines the falls risk and measures the progress of balance, sitting to standing and walking.
PRISMA Frailty Assessment

A 7 item questionnaire to identify frailty in individuals

Key ContactsAdvice OfferedWebsite

Hertfordshire Care Providers AssociationSharing best practice in care through partnership and information, advice and falls prevention
Age UKInformation on falls prevention and exercise
AgilePhysiotherapists specialising in working with older
AT DementiaDementia advice and
Cancer ResearchSupport on stopping
The Chartered Society of
Be referred to a physiotherapist by your GP, self-refer or find a local private
Disabled Living FoundationDLF is a national charity
providing impartial advice, information and training on equipment for independent living
Drink AwareAdvice on
Hertfordshire Action on
Disability (HAD)
Disability equipment and
Hertfordshire Equipment Service (HES)Equipment, furniture,
assessments and maintenance
Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue ServiceThe Fire Service complete a ‘Safe and Well Assessment’ to identify any fall or safety hazards in your
Hertfordshire Independent Living ServiceProvides a range of services to help older and vulnerable people stay happy, healthy, and
Herts HelpA network of community organisations in Hertfordshire working
National Osteoporosis SocietyHelp and support with
NHS Live WellGuidance on Nutrition, Hydration and Physical
NHS Podiatry ServiceContact for any podiatry
Parkinson’s UKHelp and support with Parkinson’
Royal College of Occupational TherapistsProfessional and clinical
Slipper SwapSwap your old slippers for a new and safer pair!
SpecsaversFree sight tests in homes and care homes for the
Unforgettable.orgProducts designed to aid a person living with
Policies Includes
Falls Risk Identification in the community How to consider a falls risk
Proactive Management of person at risk of Falls in the Community Identifying falls risk