Falls are a common but often overlooked cause of injury. Around 1 in 3 adults over the age of 65 and half of all people over the age of 80, will have at least one fall a year. Falls can lead to loss of confidence and withdrawal from social situations, as well to broken bones, injury related complications and increased mortality rates.
Anyone can be at risk of having a fall. However, the likelihood of falling increases in those who are over the age of 65, especially if they also have a long-term health condition.
Fall prevention strategies are aimed at identifying any client-specific risks; and managing these to minimise the overall risk and impact of a potential fall.