Older People Safety in the Home

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The risk of accidental injury in the home increases with age. Home accidents can lead to unnecessary pain and suffering and ultimately to increased dependency, yet so many of these accidents are preventable.

This one day course is accredited by City & Guilds and there is an optional assessment available for those delegates seeking accreditation from a nationally recognised awarding body.

An optional one hour City & Guilds exam at the end of the course is available.

Who should attend:

Those involved with the care of older people, from health professionals and housing officers through to home carers and community workers. Statutory organisations, community and voluntary groups can all help to reduce the numbers and seriousness of home accidents.

What they will learn:

Falls are the main cause of accidents in the home and this one-day course explores fall prevention methods through behavioural and environmental changes. The course also focuses on other common accidents affecting older people, including the reduction of accidental injury through fire, poisoning and scald prevention.

Course content includes:

  • Behavioural and environmental causes of home accidents
  • How the ageing process increases the risk of home accidents
  • Effective methods of accident reduction
  • Risk assessment in a home context

Discounts are available for RoSPA Members.

Aims & Objectives

To develop delegates’ skills in promoting safer home environments for older people, by developing skills and knowledge in:-

  • The importance and need for Home Safety
  • Recognising who is most at risk from home accidents and why
  • The causes, consequences and related costs of home accidents
  • Accident prevention measures and methods of assessing, prioritising and controlling risk
  • Effective interventions and how to evaluate them

Who is the Course Intended for?
The role of voluntary and professional practitioners in promoting accident prevention is vital if there is to be a long-term reduction in attendance at A&E departments and GP surgeries. Home accidents can lead to unnecessary pain and suffering and to long stays in hospital. This course is designed to provide an overview of the accident problem and an insight into injury prevention in critical areas.

The course is intended for:

  • Accident Prevention Officers
  • Community Care Providers
  • Home Care Staff
  • Home Carers
  • Voluntary Care Providers
  • Environmental Health Officers
  • Trading Standards Officers
  • Fire Prevention Officers
  • Health Promotion officers
  • Community Workers / Services
  • Health Visitors
  • Social Workers
  • Housing Officers
  • Residential Home Staff
  • Home Improvement Agencies

Prior knowledge
None required

Course Content

  • Home safety in context
  • Causes of home accidents to older people - behavioural, environmental, physical
  • Cost of home accidents – psychological, financial
  • The Ageing Process – accidents and older people
  • Types of accidents to older people
  • Risk assessment
  • Effective accident prevention and interventions
  • Evaluation of practice

Qualification and Certification
All delegates will receive a RoSPA certificate of training on completion of the one-day course. This course qualifies for CPD (Continuing Professional Development) points, if applicable.

Location Duration Price Member's Price Dates
Birmingham 1 Day £99 £84 Call for dates
Edinburgh 1 Day £99 £84 Call for dates
Antrim 1 Day £99 £84 Call for dates
In-company 1 Day £850 Call for prices Call for dates


All prices are subject to VAT.

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