The effect of visual impairment on patients’ falls risk

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    Abstract

    Mel Newton and Allyson Sanderson discuss common ocular conditions and how staff can tailor care to improve older people’s quality of life

    When older people fall it can result in injuries and adversely affect quality of life. People with visual impairment are at greater risk of falling. This article explores the risk of falling and preventive assessment in patients with visual impairment, whether they are in long-term care settings or living in their own homes. Five types of visual impairment common to older people are discussed. The importance of assessment for falls prevention and suggestions for practice are highlighted.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)16-21
    JournalNursing older people
    Volume25
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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