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Falls Awareness Training. Aims & Objectives. What makes people fall? What are the implications of falling? Identify potential areas of personal and environmental risks Understand what can be done to prevent falls, and who can help. Heart attacks Strokes Falls. 111,000 per year

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Aims & Objectives

  • What makes people fall?

  • What are the implications of falling?

  • Identify potential areas of personal and environmental risks

  • Understand what can be done to prevent falls, and who can help


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Heart attacks

Strokes

Falls

111,000 per year

110,000 per year

2,700,000 per year

How big a problem is falls?


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Falls In Older People

  • In England, the number and rate of serious injuries from falling is increasing at around 10% every year.

  • Hip fracture incidence has been projected to increase by 50% by 2020.

  • Falls and fractures in people aged 65 and over account for 4 million bed days

  • Costs associated with fragility fractures estimated at £2 billion a year

  • Approximately 30% of people over 65 years of age living in the community fall each year.


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Group Activity – Personal Risk Factors

Why do older people fall?

List all the personal risk factors you think could make an older person more likely to fall


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Balance

Medication

Blood Pressure

Vision

Main Personal Risk Factors


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What are the implications?

  • Physical injuries

  • Loss of independence

  • Psychological

  • Social impact

  • Carer impact

  • Cost to services


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Group Activity – Environmental Risk Factors

Why do older people fall?

List all the environmental risk factors you think could make an older person more likely to fall


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Trip Hazards

Footwear

Slippery Surfaces

Risky Behaviour

Environmental Risk Factors


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Identifying people at risk

  • Ask about falls

  • Use a Falls Risk Screen

  • Home Hazard – self assessment tool


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4. Film

Head Over Heels DVD


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What can be done?

  • Medical – investigations and medicine review

  • Exercise – strength and balance training

  • Home Hazards – O.T. and Care & Repair

  • Raise Awareness – with everyone

  • Think ‘Why did they fall’

  • Use this Avonsafe Training Pack


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Recap: Aims & Objectives

  • What makes people fall?

  • What are the implications of falling?

  • Identify potential areas of personal and environmental risks

  • Understand what can be done to prevent falls, and who can help

  • Any Questions?


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