Falls Prevention

Published October 16, 2018 at 18:23

Falls and fractures in older people are a costly and often preventable health issue. Reducing falls and fractures is important for maintaining health, wellbeing and independence amongst older people.

A fall is defined as an event which causes a person to, unintentionally, rest on the ground or lower level, and is not result of a major intrinsic event (such as a stroke) or overwhelming hazard. Having a fall can happen to anyone; it is an unfortunate but normal result of human anatomy. However, as people get older, they are more likely to fall over. Falls can become recurrent and result in injuries including head injuries and hip fractures.

Core principles for healthcare professionals

Healthcare professionals should:

  • know the needs of individuals, communities and population and the services available
  • think about the resources available in health and wellbeing systems
  • understand specific activities which can prevent, protect, and promote

Making Every Contact Count (MECC)

Utilise the MECC approach to inspire positive change, and/or directing them where to go for further help where required.

All Our Health

Provides comprehensive information on what Healthcare professionals should provide in terms of information, advice and support around Falls Prevention interventions at a community, family and individual level.

Digital Tools

Use up to date patient information on falls such as Get up and go: a guide to staying steady from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.