Falls Reduction: Promoting Safety and Independence

Creative and proven interventions can reduce the likelihood of falls and fall related injuries that threaten the health and independence of older adults. This session will focus on the possible contributing factors of falls in the older adult and will discuss the importance of determining the root cause. Accident and injury prevention strategies will be explored, as well as creative strategies that promote independence.

About the Speaker:

Sarah Kneisler, RMT/NHA has 32 years of experience in long term health care and currently is a consultant and owner of Senior Innovative Solutions.  She received a Bachelor of Music and Music Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1979 and a Nursing Home Administrator's license in 2003.  Sarah has served as a Music Therapist, Activity Director/Volunteer Coordinator, Life Enrichment Coordinator, Nursing Home Administrator and Senior Director of Life Services.  Twenty one years of her career were spent at Good Shepherd Services, Seymour, Wisconsin, the co-founder of the national culture change initiative, the Wellspring Institute.  Sarah has been recognized by the State of Wisconsin as Activity Professional of the Year, received the Innovative Programming Award offered by Wisconsin Association of Homes and Services for the Aging and a "Best Practice Award" for the "Walking to the Beat" Program.  Good Shepherd Services was the first skilled nursing facility in the state to implement a Multi Sensory Room using Snoezelen techniques under her supervision.    

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