In Leicestershire thousands of people are injured each year in falls. Apart from the pain, discomfort and inconvenience, the after effects of a fall can be life changing.
Experiencing a fall is one of the major reasons for concern expressed by adults over the age of 65. Falls can have a significant impact on the quality of life for patients and 35% of over 65’s will experience at least one fall in a year. This figure rises to over 50% for the over 80 age group.
The falls programme has changed the treatment pathway for older people to enable swifter access to therapy after a fall, to ensure those needing secondary care input do not need to wait so long, and provide services for older people to restore their strength and balance.
Our aim is to offer both professionals and patients the tools they need to ensure that the most appropriate course of action is taken to help each individual maintain their independence and remain in the community. These include:
- The new Falls Triage and Assessment process across the county that continues to improve access to therapy for patients and patient outcomes.
- LPT and county adult social care working together to develop seamless therapy and falls prevention training to care home staff.
- The development of the electronic Falls Risk Assessment Tool (eFRAT) app
- The development of the new falls prevention pathway
The initial prototype of the eFRAT app was created at a hackathon for health and assisted living organised by Dr Samad Ahmadi from De Montfort University with funding from DS-Cubed limited. These types of event provide an excellent model of collaboration between universities and service providers. They are a brilliant problem solving exercise for developers, volunteers and students. At a hackathon they work together to design and build a solution with a prototype app or technology developed for the service provider at no cost.
The video below explains how the eFRAT app works.
Partners have also produced a range of materials offering people advice on looking after their health and wellbeing to help them prevent or reduce their risk of a fall.
Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)
As part of RoSPA’s partnership with the Royal College of Emergency Medicine a factsheet has been released to mark RCEM’s 50th Anniversary celebrations. The factsheet supports the National Falls Consensus Statement, setting out the scale of the problem and highlighting the key solutions identified in the consensus statement.
For further information on Steady Steps, the free, 24-week postural stability exercise programme for people aged 65 and over who are at risk of falling or who have previously fallen visit Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport (LRS).
Links to other useful information are available on the Falls Prevention campaign page