A new guide published by AgeUK looks at several aspects of growing older that can be reviewed to reduce their effects. The guide includes a section on preventing falls but nearly all the sections included have a falls prevention aspect and if taken as a whole [click to continue…]
Dear Falls Professional,
The College of Optometrists is promoting the joint working of falls teams and optometrists to prevent vision related falls in their patients. You may remember The College of Optometrists Focus on Falls report, published June 2014, which aimed to: [click to continue…]
Occupational therapy in the prevention and management of falls in adults - Practice Guideline from the College of Occupational Therapists is now available and can be downloaded from the cot website (.pdf).
The introduction summarises what this publication hopes to achieve:
"The aim of this practice guideline is to provide specific evidence-based recommendations that describe the most appropriate care or action to be taken by occupational therapists working with adults who have fallen, are at risk of falling or are fearful of falling. The recommendations are intended to be used alongside the therapist’s clinical expertise in their assessment of need and implementation of interventions. The practitioner is, therefore, ultimately responsible for the interpretation of this evidence-based guideline in the context of their specific circumstances and service users."
Falls Prevention Awareness Day is run every year by the National Council on Aging. To date, it has included participation from 47 states within the US, as well as the District of Colombia. This year it will run on 21st September with the theme 'Strong Today, Falls Free Tomorrow'. In preparation for the launch of Falls Prevention Awareness Day, a webinar was held on 21 August to share best practice examples and information about implementing comprehensive approaches to falls prevention.
- What’s new in falls prevention programming and what’s working in communities nationwide
- How organisations are integrating falls prevention programming into their other offerings
- Tested strategies to recruit older adult participants, including those from hard-to-reach populations
- Exciting new initiatives that partner with emergency medical services, community health workers and others
Using data on falls incidence and frequency from the Health and Retirement Study from 2000 to 2010, the study followed nearly 10,500 African American, Latino and non-Hispanic older adults and concluded that older African Americans are 24% less likely to fall than white older adults.
While no definitive conclusions have been drawn to account for this, previous research suggests that it could be down to cultural differences and extended family households, which provide more support to older parents and grandparents, and therefore avoidance of fall-related scenarios and behaviours.
Timed Up and Go test results in patients found through general practice falls risk screening. Preliminary evaluation of the North Tyneside Falls Prevention Service (NTFPS).
Introduction: Falls are a major health and health economic burden but case ascertainment remains inadequate. The NTFPS was developed to proactively screen for falls risk factors in primary care. We present data from the Service's strength and balance training classes run with Age UK North-Tyneside.
Methods: General practice case notes of those >60 years are screened for falls risk factors and syncope. Patients excluded if known to existing services. Screening questionnaire sent and those at risk invited to attend comprehensive multidisciplinary assessment per NICE guidelines.
This research by Jennison, Porter and Rankin looks at the patient experience of hip fracture. It highlights some important considerations in terms of the emotional repercussions and expectations of treatment and recovery.
A pilot study of patients experiences of hip fracture
Introduction: Hip fractures cause significant morbidity and mortality in the elderly population. There are over 75′000 per year in the UK. Despite this, there has been little research on patients' views and experiences of hip fractures. This was highlighted as an area where further research was required in the NICE guidelines for hip fractures. The aim of this study was to assess patients' experiences of their hip fractures and hip fracture management.
This annual event is widely recognised as the leading meeting in the UK for clinicians working in the field of falls and mobility medicine. The day provides a forum for scientific discussion and clinical updates and enables a multidisciplinary audience of over 200 professionals to share their experiences of best clinical practice.
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A study by Marshall, Wong and Sahota explores the possibility of delivering an intravenous zolendronic acid at home service, and shows great results in terms of patient satisfaction and cost effectiveness.
Innovative intravenous osteoporosis at home service
Background: Intravenous bisphosphonates are an attractive alternative to oral treatments, but usually require a day-hospital or day-case admission.
Service: This service is one of the first in the country. It is based around a contractual agreement with Healthcare at Home, one of the UK’s largest home healthcare providers. The patient pathway comprises of assessment in the outpatient clinic, consent and routine blood tests. A prescription is then sent to Healthcare at Home, who administered the 1st and subsequent infusions, directly in the patient's home, within 4 weeks. A system re-call ensured appropriate follow up.
EUPHA Section Injury prevention and safety promotion in collaboration with ProFouND and EuroSafe present the pre-conference:
Falls Prevention: Evidence into practice
Wednesday 19 November 2014
This European Seminar aims to give participants the knowledge and skills needed to operate an evidence-based approach to falls and fall-related injury prevention among seniors. Participants will also learn about current effective programs from members of the ProFouND partnership, and the reliability and validity of existing resources and tools for screening and assessing fall risk. The seminar will also provide insight into how to involve seniors as partners in the development of effective strategies and interventions.