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NurChat 31/01/17 – Falls: not a natural part of ageing

Falls and fall-related injuries are serious at any time of life, but they can be particularly so for older people. It’s estimated that just under a third of all people age 65+ and half of all people over the age of 80 fall at least once a year.

After a fall, an older person has a 50% probability of having their mobility seriously impaired and a 10% probability of dying within a year (Help the Aged). Their emotional wellbeing may also be affected in such a way that their confidence to be independent is diminished, or they become fearful of falling again and therefore withdraw from social activities. Injuries acquired through falls also cost the NHS is estimated at £2.3billion a year (NICE).

But falls and falling needn’t been an accepted part of ageing.

How we assess the potential risk of an individual falling plays a big part of the actions we can take.

In this #NurChat, we’ll be talking about the responses to observed and unobserved falls and why it’s important to treat both types in a different way. While not all falls are preventable, we’ll also be discussing how to minimise risk and reduce the instances of recurrent falls.

So we’ll be asking:

  • What’s your approach to minimising the risk of falls?
  • What’s the best risk assessment tool to use and why?
  • How effective have risk assessments and preventative measures been in reducing falls?
  • What effect do changes in the environment and equipment have?

Read back over the discussion