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A Fall in Long-Term Care

Contributed on July 4, 2022, last updated September 29, 2023.



The Canadian Institute for Seniors Care, Conestoga College

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In this simulation, You will be asked to make informed decisions regarding how you would best respond to the presented situations. Your choices and responses will remain confidential, and you will not be graded on this simulation. However, throughout the simulation, you will be given opportunities to self-reflect, and at the end, there will be a guided self-debrief to extend your learning.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Distinguish between a witnessed and an unwitnessed fall.
  2. Explore the necessary components of a post-fall assessment in a long-term care home.
  3. Identify environmental considerations that may contribute to an increased risk for a fall.
  4. Identify the registered practical nurse’s responsibilities in responding to a witnessed fall without a head injury within a long-term care home.
  5. Explore strategies to support efficient communication amongst the interprofessional team after a resident has fallen.
  6. Review strategies to reduce the risk of falls and/or prevent injury related to a fall using a person-centred approach.

Simulation Modality:

Virtual gaming simulation / virtual patient


This simulation’s scenario and script were formally peer-reviewed by two external institutions, then the final simulation was pilot tested by several students on a student testing committee then as part of the Virtu-WIL Student Program’s rollout.


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Heyer M. A Fall in Long-Term Care. Simulation resource published by Simulation Canada; 2022. Available from

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Target Learners






Undergraduate / post-secondary

Fields / Disciplines:

Gerontology / geriatrics / aging

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