NHS plan to cut falls by elderly

Article posted 2012-05-10

According to a new report by the NHS Confederation a more joined-up strategy that focuses on local rather than national provision is needed to cut falls by the elderly.

The report details how half of all people of the age of 80 will suffer a fall this year.  The group says that not enough is being done to stop people falling again after an initial incident.

Jo Webber of the NHS Confederation said: "Falls are not only physically debilitating but, particularly for older people, they really knock their confidence and can slow recovery".

Medic 1 staff are trained to deal with falls and take into consideration other issues, such as arthritis, which may further affect older people who have fallen.

Whilst most falls are accidents, sadly some could have been prevented.  Medic 1 offers a course in Awareness Of Elder Abuse which looks at the issues of abuse and neglect of older people, who may not be able to provide care for themselves.  For more information please contact Medic 1 here.