Category Archives: Older People Safety

UK: NEW FALLS INFORMATION ZONE TO SUPPORT OLDER PEOPLE AT RISK OF A FALL

A new information zone to support older people at risk of a fall has been launched on NHS inform.  The Falls Information Zone has been developed by Scottish Government’s Falls Programme team in association with NHS 24 Health Information Services.

Falls amongst older people are extremely common and are often associated with injury, hospitalisation and loss of confidence and independence. However, falls are not an inevitable consequence of getting older. Simple steps can be taken by older people, their families and carers to reduce their risk of falling and the risk of harming themselves if they do fall.  The new Falls Information Zone provides quality assured information for people at risk of falling, their carer’s and families to help reduce the physical, emotional and psychological harm caused by falls.

As well as providing information on the causes of falls, when to seek help and support, and what to do in the event of a fall, detailed advice and information is offered on ‘Keeping Well’ and ‘Safety at Home’.  The Zone also features short films demonstrating strength and balance exercises, information on falls and dementia, and a comprehensive section on fear and anxiety about falling. Visit: nhsinform.co.uk/falls.

SCOTLAND: KEEPING SCOTLAND’S OLDER PEOPLE SAFE FROM FIRE IN 2015

Scotland’s Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) have released adverts on how to protect yourself and older people in the community from preventable house fires. The SFRS has urged the pubic to arrange Home Fire Safety Visits  where local firefighters will come out to the property to check for fire hazards and to provide advice

 

ENGLAND: FALLS AND FRAGILITY FRACTURES POPULATION HEALTHCARE PROGRAMME LAUNCH

Public Health England launched the Falls and Fragility Fractures (FFF) Population Healthcare Programme at an event held 4 December in London.

The Programme, involving partnership work between Public Health England, the ‘Better Value Healthcare’s FFF Population Healthcare Programme’ and local stakeholders, aims to support service improvement through the collection and sharing of evidence based outcome data.

 

UK: BBC PROGRAMME – PROTECTING OUR PARENTS

The BBC produced a documentary ‘Protecting our Parents’ based on the activity of Birmingham’s older adults care teams over the course of a year, from the perspective of the professionals, families and the elderly.

This was broadcast over 3 episodes 1 May to 17 April 2014 and featured issues such as the impact of falls. Although the programmes are no longer available to view online, the related BBC website provides a description of the episodes and a number of video clips.

The website also provides a number of statistics, including those relating to falls and fractures, and links to further useful resources.

FURTHER INFORMATION: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b041mq9q

 

ENGLAND: NICE GUIDANCE AND RESEARCH ON PREVENTING FALLS IN OLDER PEOPLE

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has updated the ‘Clinical Knowledge Summary’ on falls risk assessment and the ‘falls in older people pathway’, and also signposts on-going research .

CLINICAL KNOWLEDGE SUMMARY: http://cks.nice.org.uk/falls-risk-assessment#!topicsummary

FALLS IN OLDER PEOPLE PATHWAY: http://pathways.nice.org.uk/pathways/falls-in-older-people

ON-GOING RESEARCH:   https://www.evidence.nhs.uk/topic/falls

 

 

UK: TAKE HEAD INJURIES SERIOUSLY AND TREAT QUICKLY, SAYS NICE

Children and adults who suffer a head injury should be taken straight to a hospital with resuscitation facilities to avoid potentially serious complications, including disability or death, says NICE.

In an update to existing guidelines, NICE stresses the importance of early detection and prompt treatment for head injuries. Patients who have suffered a head injury but also begin to show particular signs that the injury may be serious or potentially life-threatening, such as seizures, fracture skull or loss of consciousness, should be given a CT brain scan within one hour.

UK OLDER PEOPLE’S DAY

Older People’s Day is on 1 October 2013 to coincide with the UN International Day of Older Persons. The main aim for the day is to be a national celebration of the achievements and contributions that older people make to society and to the economy.

NEW PROJECT ON FALL-PREVENTION IN EU

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2013

The ICT Policy Support Programme as part of the Competitiveness and Innovation framework Programme (CIP) will support a new project that aims to bring together innovative initiatives, individual solutions, local, regional and na-tional programmes for falls prevention in Europe. This project, called “Prevention of Falls Network for Dissemination (ProFouND)”, will the issue of the rising toll of fall injuries.

EU FALLS PREVENTION NETWORK

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2013

In March 2013 the Prevention of Falls Network for Dissemination (ProFouND) will be launched. ProFouND is a The-matic Network with 21 partners from 12 countries, and currently associate members from a further 10 countries. Pro-FouND will act to disseminate and implement best practice in falls prevention across Europe. ProFouND’s objective is to embed evidence based fall prevention programmes for elderly people at risk of falls by using novel ICT in at least 10 countries/15 regions by 2015 so as to facilitate widespread implementation.

CHARITY CALLS ON WELSH PUBLIC TO RULE OUT ELDER ABUSE

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 2012

Age Cymru has launched a campaign to introduce a legal duty to be placed on public bodies, including local authorities, to investigate cases of abuse or potential abuse reported to them.

CARE HOMES CAMPAIGN

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

Fresh ties is calling for independent volunteer care home visitors who can act as a confidential listening ear/advocate for residents and family members . Their reports could provide a central log of concerns (as well as good practice). The inspection body and local authority would then have a basis for investigation; and family members/residents would no longer be lone voices.

BENCHMARKING QUALITY OF CARE FOR FRAGILITY FRACTURES IN THE SOUTH CENTRAL STRATEGIC HEALTH AUTHORITY

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2011

This pilot report commissioned by the South Central Quality Observatory for South Central Strategic Health Authority (SC SHA), aims to develop a health intelligence system that co-ordinates, collates and disseminates information on the local organisation of services and quality of care for fragility fractures.