Inservice - Falls Prevention Staff Training

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  1. Understand residents with Alzheimer's and other dementias.
  2. Understand the elements associated with falls risks and how to minimize risk.
  3. Understand the elements of effective problem solving with emphasis on root cause analysis and developing creative solutions


The time and duration of the program will vary depending on who is being in-serviced. Each training program has specific topics, which are tailored to the audience. Some topics are more involved depending on the type of staff. The introduction provided in the beginning can be used for each audience to introduce them to the purpose of the program and topics that are being covered. Based on the content of each program, the number of sessions and duration of each session can be established. Since the program is also designed to be completed individually the amount of time and number of sessions will vary.

Participants in the pogram

Program can be used for new staff members or as a refresher program. The refresher program can be applied to CNA recertification requirements. All staff is encouraged to participate including regular and volunteer staff. Participants should have an understanding of material as evidenced by quizzes and case studies.

Group Size

  • 10-15 people per group to allow adequate discussion.
  • Program is also designed to be completed individually.

Equipment Needed

  • DVD player and television.

Content of the Program

Preventing Falls: A Dementia Care Team Approach

The content of this falls prevention program is contained on the DVD tiled "Preventing Falls". This program provides an interactive training/information program for all staff, family and visitors. The content of each topic is included on the DVD and is also contained in the following links. Some topics include both a pre-test and a quiz or post-test, which can be administered along with the material. This material should be printed before conducting the in-service.

Preparation and Steps to Conducting the Inservice

  1. If you haven't already done so you will need to obtain copies of the DVDs including the Preventing Falls DVD, which is used to conduct the in-service. To obtain copies of the DVDs go to and send an email request.
  2. Obtain a television and DVD player.
  3. Review the content of the program by either reading through the material contained in the Table of Contents or viewing the DVD titled Preventing Falls or both. Included in this material is an Introduction containing information on how to use the DVD.
  4. Schedule the initial in-service to introduce the program in your facility with all interested staff including Administrators, Direct Care Staff, and Indirect Care Staff.
  5. Print handouts of the Power Point presentation (PPT, 1895KB, 15pg.). Power Point handouts are generic and can be used with Direct Care or Indirect Care Staff.
  6. Present the power point presentation (PPT, 401KB, 44pg.), to interested staff
  7. Decide which staff will complete the additional fall prevention training.
  8. Decide with staff members if training will be conducted in a group or individual setting.
  9. Schedule training sessions based on the type of individual being in-serviced. The number of sessions and the duration of each session will vary with individual type. Volunteers should be scheduled with the Indirect Care Staff. Staff should review the sections of the curriculum that pertain to their work prior to the in-service. In-service material is provided for the following:
    • Direct Care Staff (All Resident Care Staff)
    • Indirect Care Staff (Housekeeping, Food Service, Maintenance, Clerical, and Volunteer Staff)
    • Families and Visitors
  10. Begin each session with the introduction provided on the DVD and in the Table of Contents below.
  11. Follow the Introduction with the Training Curriculum for each individual type. This can be done in a group sessions with a facilitator or on an individual basis.
  12. Prior to each topic you may administer a pretest included in the content for each topic.
  13. Use the DVD or written information to review each topic.
  14. Following the review of each topic a quiz (included in the material) should be administered to determine the effectiveness of the material.
  15. Evaluate the program effectiveness through feedback surveys, quality assurance monitors, and falls data.