Falls and fractures are a common health issue faced by people aged 65 and over. Approximately a third of people aged 65+ and half of people aged 80+ fall at least once a year. Anyone can have a fall, but older people are more vulnerable and likely to fall, especially if they have a long-term health condition.
The majority of falls do not result in serious injury, however, there is always a risk that a fall could lead to broken bones, which can result in the person losing confidence, becoming withdrawn, and feeling as if they have lost their independence.
Falls, in general, are the most common safety-related incident reported in hospitals, with more than 240,000 fall-related incidents reported in hospitals and mental health trusts in England and Wales.
The purpose of this online learning course is to develop learners knowledge and understanding in the area of falls prevention, particularly in the context of health and social care. It is designed for those working or looking to work with individuals at risk of falling.
- Best practice and legislation relating to falls
- Causes of falls
- Impacts, consequences and costs of falls
- Preventing falls