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Implementing Fall Prevention Guidelines with Vulnerable Older Adults: The Social Work Role

Lisa A Juckett, Monica L Robinson
Journal of Gerontological Social Work 2018 December 18, : 1-11
Falls are the leading cause of injury among the older adult population, resulting in costly and devastating aftermaths. National fall prevention guidelines (FPGs) have been established to assist healthcare professionals with addressing fall risk, but little is understood about the extent to which FPGs have been implemented by social workers. Social workers, however, may beuniquely positioned to implement FPGs with older adults due to their expertise in care coordination and home- and community-based service settings. This conceptual paper addresses the timely issue of fall prevention and social workers' potential role in implementing FPGs to address fall risk.


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