‘Together: Taking Steps to prevent falls; a learning event for all in social care’
“The power of a conversation”
Falls are a common and serious health issue for older people, with around a third of all people aged 65 and over falling each year, increasing to half of those aged 80 and over. In around 5% of cases a fall leads to fracture and hospitalisation, which is costly for health services and the wider economy. Falls can be distressing for patients and their carers. There are around 255,000 falls-related emergency hospital admissions in England among patients aged 65 and over each year, and it is estimated that fragility fractures cost the UK around £4.4 billion, of which 25% is for social care. So preventing falls is therefore important for the health and wellbeing of older people and those that care for them, as well as the future of our health and social care services.
Professor Dawn Skelton, Falls Prevention in Social Care:
Falls are a big problem in social care with up to 75% of residents in a care home having a fall each year (Laing Report, 2017). Studies have found that exercise interventions alone were as effective as multifactorial interventions. Not all exercise is the same. In order for it to be effective, it has to challenge balance, progressive strength training, functional movements, and dose of 50 hours 3x a week over a 6 month time period.
Danielle Miller & Natalie Howson, I-Stumble Pilot:
When a resident in a care home has fallen, the I-Stumble app can be used as a checklist to conduct an assessment on the resident. During its pilot in Norfolk in 2018, 999 calls were reduced by 34% and non-conveyed attendances by 26%.
Luke Evans, NEAS, falls training for care homes in North East and Cumbria: past, current and future
Delivering training on falls to support the needs of care home staff. (Falls Initial Response Skills Training). Course was designed around falls prevention.
Two-hundred –and-forty-one people across the North East and Yorkshire region signed up for the hybrid event throughout the week. Attendees were able to access content at a time that was convenient for them, with new content being released each day. The event was also tweeted about daily to engage people on social media.
Following the event, the organisers held two ‘Shout, Share, Connect’ sessions in which delegates could attend to discuss their experiences of the conference and current work they have been doing in relation to falls.
Regarding impacts, the organising team were contacted on Twitter by a reporter at the Guardian to see if he could be out in touch with delegates to discuss their work for a piece of work he was writing up, thus, disseminating the work on a wider scale.
“Seeing so many colleagues come together across academia, health and social care to share their knowledge and expertise on falls was inspirational. A shared passion for reducing falls and of wanting the best for those in our care resulted in a wide variety of presentations and resources that can be used across health and social care in North East and Yorkshire for many months to come. Speaking to people who work in areas such as care homes, physical health improvement teams and falls teams really did drive home how important these events are; the opportunity not just to connect but to learn from each other, breaking down traditional barriers between health and social care to support better outcomes for our communities” (Sarah Monks, Ageing Well Lead)
- Continue to build on learning and discuss plans for falls week next year; likely to have the same approach as blended learning was acknowledged as a good approach.
- We know there is lots of other good work out there and want to add to the resources – anything to share etc.
- Keeping the site live so spread the word: https://yhphnetwork.co.uk/links-and-resources/community-of-improvement-resources/healthy-ageing/falls-prevention/north-east-yorkshire-falls-conference-2022/
- Contact the aging well inbox to get involved: firstname.lastname@example.org