Certified Fall Prevention Professional Program
Distinguish yourself from the competition by becoming a Certified Fall Prevention Professional (CFPP). According to a study prepared by Rand1 for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services:
“Clearly, the prevention of falls is an important issue if it can prevent significant declines in function and independence, and the associated increase in costs of complications. The major risk factors for falling are diverse, and many of them--such as balance impairment, muscle weakness, polypharmacy, and environmental hazards-- are potentially modifiable. However, the interventions designed to address these risk factors share the same diversity. Likewise, the evidence for the effectiveness of a single intervention in preventing falls has been inadequate. Since the risk of falling appears to increase with the number of risk factors, multifactorial interventions have been suggested as the most effective strategy to reduce falling.”
With the new emphasis towards Providers assuming the risks, and the benefits, of costs of their patients, fall prevention is becoming a go to program to reduce costs and complications of older patients. Granted, falls are not limited to old patients but identifying, and minimizing risk factors has already been determined to be a winning combination for Providers and patients alike. Yet, there are very few programs available and even less professionals trained and capable to handle this crisis.
This program is designed for physical therapists, nurse practitioners, athletic trainers, nurses, rehabilitation professionals and physician assistants.
Facts About Falls
Each year, millions of older people—those 65 and older—fall. In fact, more than one out of four older people falls each year, but less than half tell their doctor.Falling once doubles your chances of falling again.2
Falls Are Serious and Costly
- 1 One out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury,
- 2 Each year, 3 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries.
- 3 Over 800,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury, most often because of a head injury or hip fracture.6
- 4 Each year at least 300,000 older people are hospitalized for hip fractures.
- 5 More than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling,8 usually by falling sideways.
- 6 Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
- 7 In 2015, the total medical costs for falls totaled more than $50 billion. Medicare and Medicaid shouldered 75% of these costs.
What Can Happen After a Fall?
Many falls do not cause injuries. But one out of five falls does cause a serious injury such as a broken bone or a head injury. These injuries can make it hard for a person to get around, do everyday activities, or live on their own.
- Falls can cause broken bones, like wrist, arm, ankle, and hip fractures.
- Falls can cause head injuries. These can be very serious, especially if the person is taking certain medicines (like blood thinners). An older person who falls and hits their head should see their doctor right away to make sure they don’t have a brain injury.
Many people who fall, even if they’re not injured, become afraid of falling. This fear may cause a person to cut down on their everyday activities. When a person is less active, they become weaker and this increases their chances of falling.
What Conditions Make A Person More Likely to Fall?
Research has identified many conditions that contribute to falling. These are called risk factors. Many risk factors can be changed or modified to help prevent falls. They include:
- Lower body weakness
- Vitamin D deficiency (that is, not enough vitamin D in your system)
- Difficulties with walking and balance
- Use of medicines, such as tranquilizers, sedatives, or antidepressants. Even some over-the-counter medicines can affect balance and how steady you are on your feet.
- Vision problems
- Foot pain or poor footwear
- Home hazards or dangers such as
- broken or uneven steps, and
- throw rugs or clutter that can be tripped over.
Most falls are caused by a combination of risk factors. The more risk factors a person has, the greater their chances of falling.
Healthcare providers can help cut down a person’s risk by reducing the fall risk factors listed above.
The CFPP Program
Developed by experienced Doctors in Physical Therapy and healthcare professionals this course is intended to be a cover all for the healthcare professional. From a background covering the problem and the basics of the human body to techniques to assess an incorporate a winning program in just about every environment, this course has it all.
The course is divided into six segments, each segment covering a self-contained topic with an all-encompassing test after the presentations are over. Test takers must pass every section in order to receive their certificates.
Fall Prevention Program Outline
Fall Prevention by the numbers, actuaries (epidemiology, incidence, morbidity, and mortality), and forecasts. History of falls. Importance of a fall prevention program. How will fall prevention work in the medicine of the future?Falls and anatomy
Basic anatomy/mechanism that influences balance. Conditions and medications that increase the risk of falls. Musculoskeletal impairment and myofascial pain. Balance, neuromuscular and mental conditions that increase fall risks. Expected changes that increase fall potential that occur with aging.
Assessment of risks
Conducting fall risk and balance assessments. Standardized Assessment tools (Tinetti Gait and Balance Assessment tool, Steadi, Berg, timed up and go, others). Evaluation components (balance, visual spatial-function, vestibular function, gait and mobility, age-related conditions, home safety, medications, feet and footwear, others).
|Post Fall Rehab
Working with specific injuries and conditions (traumatic brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, diabetes, pain, Parkinson’s disease, others). Recovery techniques and therapies.
|Prevention of risks
Neuromuscular re-education. Integrating multiple approaches (balance and gait training, home exercise programs, nutrition, biomechanical alignment, manual therapies, home modifications, overcoming vision problems, etc.). Introducing alternative modalities (tai chi, podpoi training, exercise programs, etc.)Developing a fall prevention program
Documentation (assessment, plan of action) , workflow, and coding. Identifying potential customers and business considerations (marketing, finances, space, equipment, others).