Falls awareness week 2013 – case study on fall prevention

This week is national falls awareness week. Charity Age UK reports that more than 250,000 people aged over 60 are hospitalised each year due to falls. Every year one older person in three will fall over, sometimes with profound physical, emotional and financial consequences (information from study by Dr Heather Hall – physiotherapist and falls lead practitioner in Scotland).Falls and the fear of falling can make older people lose their confidence in how they go about their daily activities and can affect their level of independence and cause isolation. As a physiotherapist working with older adults I often play a key role in falls prevention, not only in assessment and treatment to improve balance, strength and mobility, but in assessing someone holistically to identify the many other factors contributing to falls. Read more..