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.

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