Falls are the most serious and frequent type of accident in people aged over-65. Falls are costly for the individual, the NHS and the Social Care System however, falls are not inevitable. Risk factors for falls include both intrinsic (age, medication, medical conditions e.g. osteoporosis) and extrinsic factors (environmental hazards, footwear, inappropriate walking aids). Falls Prevention Programmes have the potential to deliver health and wellbeing benefits for the older population and reduce costs both for health and social care.
One in three people aged 65 years and over experience a fall at least once a year – rising to one in two among those aged 80 years and older. Knowsley has an ageing population and modelled projections suggest this trend will continue. Currently there are 24,037 adults aged ≥65 living in Knowsley; by 2030 this is forecasted to have increased to approximately 34,000.1
An estimated 6,626 people fell in 2015. Base on local hospital episode statistics we also know, 1,194 people were admitted to hospital due to a fall and 143 people suffered a fractured neck of femur (hip fracture).
The number of falls and financial cost is set to increase. The local population aged over-65 is projected to increase by 2020, with the largest increase being seen in those aged over 85 who are at the highest risk of falling.
The full JSNA report can be accessed here: JSNA – Falls Prevention