Hope Falls Prevention Collaborative

Falls are not a symptom of old age; there are many things you can do to reduce your risk and maintain your independence.

Who are we?

We are a group of specially trained community volunteers who provide advice and information on how to prevent and reduce falls amongst the elderly. We work alongside health professionals and with the police, local authorities and other local organisations.

As part of the Support to Care Homes project, our team provides specialist falls prevention training to care home staff, covering falls risk factors, fearing of falling, the impact of falling, walking aids, feet and footwear, eyesight, hearing, balance, exercise, osteoporosis, medication and hydration.

DUE TO COVID RESTRICTIONS, WE ARE CURRENTLY DELIVERING THIS TRAINING ONLINE. STAFF MEMBERS WILL RECEIVE A TRAINING CERTIFICATE UPON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE TRAINING AND MULTIPLE CHOICE TEST.

Some facts:

  • A history of falls accounts for 40% of admissions to care homes.
  • Injury caused by falls is the leading cause of accidental death for people aged 75 and over.
  • 30% of all people who fracture a hip will die in hospital.
  • Every minute, 6 people over the age of 65 fall
  • Every hour, an older person dies as a result of a hip fracture

What do we do in the community?

  • We organise events all over North East Lincolnshire to raise awareness, provide information and give advice to older people living in the local community about the services available.
  • We provide services to older people who have had falls or are at risk of falling, including falls presentations, ferrule changing, sloppy slipper exchanges and our bus safety alert card
  • We try to understand the needs of the person who has fallen and to identify where and why they are falling
  • We work in residential homes, group dwellings and within community facilities
  • We promote healthier communities

 

For more information, please contact the Falls Prevention Collaborative team – Sylvia Leary,  Julie Lewis or Gary Dean   – on 01472 313400

 

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