Authors: Seng Giap Marcus Ang, Anthony Paul O’Brien and Amanda Wilson
This paper discusses the prevalence of caregivers’ concern, its impact on fall prevention strategies, falls risk awareness among older persons, and the instruments used for measuring caregivers’ falls concern. Older persons suffering from fall-related psychological concerns such as fear of falling has been well established in previous research, however little is known about caregivers’ falls concern in its relationship with the risk of older persons falling. In Singapore, families are regarded as the fundamental support system for older people. The potential influence of caregivers’ concern on the outcome of fall prevention strategies and falls risk awareness of older persons is expected given their significant involvement in the older persons’ care. However, it is difficult to accurately appreciate the impact of caregivers’ falls concern on the risk of falls among older persons in the local community given the Singaporean cultural differences and the dearth of Singaporean research on caregiver’s concern. It is promulgated in this paper that further research should address the impact of caregivers’ falls concern on fall-related issues associated with caring for an older person at risk of falling.
Keywords: Caregivers; Older persons; Falls concern; Singapore