Simple steps can reduce incidence of falls

Posted on October 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

New research has shown that deaths from falls in the home can be prevented by a few simple changes to fitness and the home environment, according to the Avoiding slips, trips and broken hips campaign, part of the National Health Service¹s Health Promotion England (HPE). HPE says nearly 1,000 older people fall to their deaths on their own stairs every year. Nearly a fifth of older people who break their hips die, and of those who do survive, less than one third regain their previous level of mobility. “The impact of a fall can be catastrophic for an older person,” says the campaign¹s literature. “It can destroy confidence, increase isolation and reduce independence, permanently devastating health and quality of life of the older person and those around them.” The new research, commissioned by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through the Health Development Agency, and conducted by the Centre for Research on Ageing and Gender at the University of Surrey, identifies five successful interventions recom

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