When an older adult (65 years and above) falls it can have severe health consequences. 20-30% of those who fall will suffer moderate to severe injuries such as a fractured hip (neck of femur) which may impact on their ability to live independently in the community and some will even die due to complications associated with the injury (Ambrose et al 2013). Preventing falls has become an international priority (Stubbs et al 2015). What can you do to help reduce the risk of falls in your older patients?
The North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group has recently launched a new falls prevention booklet, TUMBLES. The booklet is designed to support patients with self-help information on how to reduce their risk of falling and can also be used in care homes when teaching staff to think how/why residents fall and changes that can be made to reduce the risk. They’ve produced some useful information on falls prevention and you can get a copy of TUMBLES here. Discussing this with your patients (rather than simply handing them the booklet!) might be one useful step you take towards reducing their falls risk.