April Falls Month – Falls Prevention: Nutrition and Hydration

Nutrition and hydration are important factors in the prevention of falls and the Far West Local Health District is promoting this health message as part of April Falls Day (Wednesday, 4 April).

April Falls Day is a time to raise awareness about falls prevention in the community and this year’s theme is ‘Falls Prevention: Nutrition and Hydration’.

“Poor nutrition status can increase prevalence of falls,” said Linda Sutherland, Clinical Nurse Specialist 2, Aged Care/Dementia/Falls, Far West LHD.

“Our Falls Prevention Working Group will be working closely with our Dietitians to ensure that members of our community are aware of the impact that their diet has on falls prevention,” said Ms Sutherland.

Falls are a preventable injury. Nutrition is an important factor in falls prevention, as frailty and weakness results in loss of muscle mass and strength, limited mobility and malnutrition. Vitamin D helps improve muscle function, calcium helps minimise bone loss and vitamin A, C & E are important for eye health. Folic acid and vitamin B12 deficiency can cause confusion, affecting mobility.

“A well balanced diet with adequate energy and protein is essential in promoting safe mobility and greater strength, balance and cognition. Falls can be prevented,” said Ms Sutherland.

The Falls Prevention Working Group will be in attendance in the BH Hospital foyer on Wednesday, 4 April from 10am to 2pm to provide information and answer questions about falls to the staff and members of the community.

Falls prevention is everyone’s business and across all sites in the Far West LHD, we are inviting staff to promote nutrition, hydration and falls prevention.

In Broken Hill Hospital, staff are being encouraged to decorate their areas to promote Falls Prevention and the Wards will be competing the best decorated ward top honours.

For more information about Falls Prevention go to http://www.cec.health.nsw.gov.au/patient-safety-programs/adult-patient-safety/falls-prevention .

 

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