the Upright fall prevention program across the
Continuum of Care
The Upright fall prevention program is designed to be utilized in a variety of care settings. An individual who is at risk for a fall may experience a fall event without the appropriate awareness of fall risk and intervention within the community in which he or she lives. The fall risk of the individual will also be present or may even be higher when access to health services and care are needed.
The Hendrich II Fall Risk Model was developed to standardize the fall risk assessment process of all individuals so the management of fall risk can be addressed throughout the care continuum.
|Managed Care||Acute Care||Ambulatory Care||Medical Home/
Managed care is a variety of techniques intended to reduce the cost of providing health benefits and improve the quality of care that organizations provide to members/enrollees. The goal is to create person-centered care plans with managed care techniques and concepts as part of a managed care delivery system.
The utilization of the Hendrich II Fall Risk Model can help in the development and management of these individualized care plans through screening persons for fall risk with an evidence-based tool to provide specific information to care managers.
The Hendrich II Fall Risk Model was developed from case-controlled studies conducted in a Level One Tertiary Trauma Center and specifically designed to identify the “at risk patient” within a variety of acute care settings. As modern healthcare reform changes the way that quality healthcare is delivered, acute care becomes part of the holistic approach to the care of the individual in a variety of care settings. The management of fall risk within the acute care setting with workforce reductions, higher patient acuities, shorter lengths of stay, and monitoring patient outcomes, is now vital to meet the needs of the acute care organization. The Upright fall prevention program provides the opportunity to standardize the use of the Hendrich II Fall Risk Model within the acute setting, provide high quality education to both patients and care providers, and partner support to help manage fall risk and promote safety.
Ambulatory care can often refer to medical services offered on an outpatient basis without admission in hospital for treatment. However, some outpatient services may be excluded from ambulatory care. Fall risk status of the individual can change with the introduction of new medications, procedural preparations, or the sudden onset of a disease process. Ambulatory care can be delivered by physicians such as specialists in family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics, gynecology, cardiology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, ophthalmology, and dermatology. Physician offices are the most common site of ambulatory care.
The utilization of the Hendrich II Fall Risk Model can help in the development and management of person-centered care screening persons for fall risk with an evidence-based tool. It provides specific information to providers that can be incorporated into a holistic model to benefit the individual.
Online educational programming is available to clinical care providers at the point of care and to help develop recommendations to their patients that support prevention and wellness programs. Patients have a unique opportunity to work with their primary care clinicians when knowledge can be shared to provide a better understanding of the need to manage fall risk throughout the community.
Medical Home/Assisted Living
Assisted Living residences or Assisted Living facilities (ALFs) are facilities for people with or without specific needs. These facilities provide supervision or assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs); coordination of services by outside healthcare providers; and monitoring of resident activities to help to ensure residents health, safety, and well-being. Assistance may include the administration or supervision of medication or personal care services provided by a trained care provider.
The Upright fall prevention program can be incorporated into your organization’s fall prevention program to help in the care plan development and management of individuals to promote mobility, reduce risk and support a culture of safety.
There are a variety of techniques and opportunities to reduce the cost of providing health benefits and improve the quality of care that organizations can provide to its members. The utilization of the Hendrich II Fall Risk Model can help manage fall risk by identifying the at-risk populations who can benefit from specific strategies to support prevention of injurious fall events and promote wellness programs. Our educational program can be customized to meet the specific needs of your care managers to help members focus on opportunities to reduce individual fall risk.