The falls prevention service supports older adults to address and reduce their falls risk through either:
- community group education and activity or
- printed educational information.
Early intervention is key.
If a falls risk is identified:
- Ask about falls;
- Assess the level of risk (identify the problem/s);
- Act (refer onto the most appropriate intervention to reduce the risk).
Because falls are the leading cause of injuries to older people, the Reducing Harm from Falls programme developed the Ask, Assess, Act initiative as part of the national patient safety campaign Open for better care.
Clinical guidelines recommend routine screening for falls risk for all older people, based on evidence in cohort studies that an older person who has had a fall is at risk of a subsequent fall, and that mobility impairment, gait disorders and balance deficits are significant risk factors [1, 2, 3].
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