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Where's the Fall Risk?


Where's the Fall Risk?

Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
David R Lee, MD, MBA, Martin Tapalla, BA, Joan C Lo, MD, H Nicole Tran, MD, PhD
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One in four older adults have a fall or fall-related injury every year. “Where’s the Fall Risk?” is an interactive educational game that allows learners to discuss falls prevention in the home environment and think of potential solutions. Learners will be in groups of 2-6 people and use the provided picture to circle the fall risk areas in the given amount of time. The teams will then present the total number of areas by room and propose solutions for each fall risk area. A point will be given for each circled area and solution. The discussion portion of the game provides learners the ability to identify and fix high fall risk areas in the home. 


Educational objectives: 
  1. Understand what aspects of the home environment are considered fall risks
  2. Think of creative solutions to fix these fall risk areas
  3. At the end of the game, be able to have an active discussion with patients regarding falls prevention in the home environment
Additional information/Special implementation requirements or guidelines: 
The game is best played in a group setting with teams composed of about 2-6 people.
  • Diagram of the home environment (PowerPoint provided)
  • Pen/Marker to circle fall risk areas
  • Timer
  • White board to keep track of points
Please print the provided diagram of the home environment. Groups of 2-6 people with a minimum of 2 groups.
Identification Phase:
  1. Set timer for 2 minutes and provide groups with the home diagram
  2. Start timer and have groups circle areas in the home that are considered fall risks. Suggestion to groups: it is easier to go room by room
  3. Once time is up, set pens to the side.
Solution Phase:
  1. Set timer for 2 minutes and provide groups with a sheet of paper.
  2. Start timer and have groups discuss why they circled the area as a fall risk and think of a solution for the fall risk area (of note, groups may not use “get rid of the item” as a solution).
  3. Once time is up, set pens to the side.
Discussion Phase:
  1. On white board, create a grid with group names at the top and rooms on the side (“Outside”, “Living Room”, “Kitchen”, “Dining”, “Bedroom”, “Bathroom”)
    1. Depending on how much time you have, it may be faster to discuss some rooms together: Outside & Living Room, Kitchen & Dining, Bedroom & Bathroom
  2. Start the discussion by going from room to room. Each team will get 1 point if they can identify a fall risk area and provide a solution. Of note, this is a key opportunity to discuss and talk about these high fall risk areas. You may propose other solutions and open it up to discussion with other groups as well.
  3. The winning team has the most points at the end of the game. 
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Conflict of Interest Disclosure: 
No, I (we) have nothing to disclose.
Contact Person/Corresponding Author:
David R Lee

Suggested Citation:
Where's the Fall Risk?. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2018 Available from: