Falls and the elderly – looking at prevention and how to help following a fall.
Here in the UK there are more than 500,000 people aged over 65 who attend accident and emergency departments as the result of accidents at home every year – statistics show that the majority of these being from a fall.
It is recorded that over 3,500 people in England and Wales unfortunately die every year following a fall and nearly 300,000 people will need hospital treatment. It is known that many older people who suffer from falls may never fully recover from either the physical or indeed the psychological impact of their injuries. It is a very sad fact that falls are the most common cause of injury related deaths in people over the age of 75.
It is also known that the fall itself often doesn’t cause a serious injury; if the faller is unable to get themselves back up following their fall, they are statistically more likely to suffer from things such as hypothermia and pressure sores.