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Are you or a loved one at risk of a fall?

Every 10 seconds, a loved one in the UK has a fall. Find out your risk score in 2 minutes.

Are you or a loved one at risk of a fall?

Falls Prevention Guide

Falls are one of the main reasons that older adults lose their independence.

Not only can falls result in fractures and sustained injuries, but they can also have a long-term effect on your confidence, impacting independence.

With some careful thought and preparation, however, falls can be prevented.


The growing risk of falls

Falls prevention statistics

Levels of physical activity have fallen as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is particularly true in over 65s, where there has been a large decrease in strength and balance activity leading to an increase in what's known as 'deconditioning' - a change in physical fitness due to inactivity.

The Department of Health and Social Care reports the immediate outcome of deconditioning is likely to be seen in an increase in falls.

However, the risk of falling doesn't have to be an inevitable part of ageing.

By improving strength and balance, you can reduce the risk of falling before an accident occurs, helping you or your loved ones remain safe and independent for longer.


How falls be prevented

There are three important areas to focus on that will help reduce the risk of having a fall:

1. Frailty is a key contributory factor in falls

This is your resilience or ability to recover from illness and injury and presents issues like reduced muscle strength and fatigue.

Older adults classified as frail are 3.6 times more likely to have a fall than those that are not frail. Yet, it's possible to slow and even decrease fragility through exercise and diet. This in turn can reduce the risk of a fall, and improve quality of life.

2. Environmental causes around the home

Between 30%-50% of falls are due to environmental causes, such as poor lighting and slippery floors.

Some simple checks and modifications could help fall-proof the home and make it a safer environment.

3. Worrying about falling can lead to a decline in physical activity

Another key factor is worrying about falling, perhaps following a recent fall or illness, which can leave you feeling weak and unsteady.

This in turn can lead to a decline in physical activity, which can have a detrimental effect on maintaining strength and balance.

This can result in a vicious cycle of fear, inactivity, loss of strength and a greater likelihood of falling.

 

Understanding your risk of a fall

Understanding the causes of falls and the risks involved will go a long way to ensuring that you or a loved one avoids unnecessary falls at home or out-and-about.

Download the Falls Prevention Guide

The Taking Care Falls Prevention Guide recommends 5 key things you can do to reduce the risk of falls in the home.

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Complete our 2 minute online assessment to find out you or your loved one's falls risk score and ways to remain safe and independent with our Falls Prevention Guide.

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Solutions to prevent and detect falls

Solutions such as fall alarms and preventative technologies can help reduce the risks and ensure that, if you fall, you can get help more quickly.

Personal alarms can reduce overall hospital admissions in older adults by 50% and reduce the length of a stay in hospital from 15 days to 8 days.

Professor James Brown,
Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing

Preventative solutions such as our Taking Care Prevent package combine activity monitoring and one-to-one guidance and advice to reduce frailty and the risk of falls.

personal alarm with built-in fall detection can provide reassurance that help is available 24-hours a day in the event of a fall. 

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A fall alarm will automatically alert our 24-hour Emergency Resolution Team when it detects the wearer has fallen.

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The Emergency Resolution Team can arrange for help from friends, family or the emergency services so help quickly reaches you.

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  • 1. NHS Falls Prevention www.nhs.uk/conditions/falls/
  • 2. NCBI www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3468115
  • 3. NICE www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg161/chapter/introduction
  • 4. Age UK report “Later Life in the United Kingdom 2019” www.ageuk.org.uk/latest-press/articles/2019/may
  • 5. Gov.UK Falls: Applying All Our Health www.gov.uk/government/publications/falls-applying-all-our-health/falls-applying-all-our-health
  • 6. Nicholas Wei Rong Ong, Andrew Fu Wah Ho, Bibhas Chakraborty, Stephanie Fook-Chong, Pasupathi Yogeswary, Sherman Lian, Xiaohui Xin, Juliana Poh, Kelvin Koon Yeow Chiew, Marcus Eng Hock ONG, Utility of a Medical Alert Protection System compared to telephone follow-up only for home-alone elderly presenting to the ED — A randomized controlled trial, The American Journal of Emergency Medicine, Volume 36, Issue 4, 2018
  • Taking Care Falls Prevention infographic