Everyone is more at risk of a fall as they age, but there are steps that can be taken to minimize the risk.
Falls can result in a multitude of injuries, and are a significant contributor to hospital admissions and demands on care resources. Whether an individual has fallen before, or feel they may be at risk, it’s vital to take steps to prevent first and repeat falls.
Doncaster has a prevalence rate of around 18,000 individuals who are at risk of having a fall each year. Historically, Doncaster has had a largely reactive system to falls, with individuals needing to have had a fall before they can receive intervention, rather than proactively identifying and addressing people at risk of falling.
For a single service to manage this prevalence of potential fallers would not be financially or responsively viable. There is therefore the need for it to become everyone’s responsibility to identify those at risk of falling, and where competent, for all services to deliver the required treatment and intervention for the identified fall, as core to their service delivery.
To support services in this, a three-tiered Assessment Tool has been developed to provide a proactive, consistent and standardised approach to assessing falls and falls risk. The tool aims to identify those who may be at risk of falling, as well as those who have had a fall.
A short basic screening that everyone, even those with no clinical training can use.
Is for use by any health or social care professional that may come into contact with a patient and explores in more detail the individual’s condition and their potential risk factors.
This tier includes a much more in depth clinical assessment, and is primarily for use by the Specialist Falls Services and bed based services, however all professionals are encouraged to complete as much as the full assessment that they are competent to do so.
falls-assessment-tool (Click Here)
Please also refer patients to the Get Up and Go booklet, produced by Saga and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists, to help them understand how they can reduce their risk of falling, and steps to take should they have a fall:
get-up-go (Click Here)