Reducing the risk of falls
- Falls are more common in older people. 30% of people over 65 years old and 50% of people over 80 years old fall at least once a year.
- Most falls do not result in serious injury, but some do. In the UK, falls are the most common cause of injury related deaths in people over the age of 75.
- Falls have a major impact on the person’s health and wellbeing. They may need to be admitted to hospital; they may no longer to be able to live independently; or it could lead to long term disability.
- Even if the person is not injured, they may have a fear of falling which can lead to reducing their activities, becoming less active and isolated.
- While people of all ages fall, older people are likely to have more serious injuries and to fall repeatedly.
Lots of literature and advice available discusses older people and falls, but there is good evidence that falls are more common in people with learning disabilities throughout their lives, not only as they age.
Contents of this mini book:
- Introduction to falls
- Falls and Learning Disability
- Why do falls happen?
- Impact of falls
- Reducing the risk of falls
- Reducing the risk of falls in the home or work environment
- Ask for advice from Health professionals
- How Dementia can affect a person's perception
- Supporting a person after a fall
- What are "Falls Prevention Clinics"?
- What will happen at a "Falls Prevention Clinic"?
- Accessing a "Falls Prevention Clinics"?
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