April Falls Week 2020 Stay Safe
What is a Fall? A Fall is an unintended change of position- landing lower than you were before.
Due to COVID – 19 all our programs have been cancelled, however we are providing our participants with home tips.
The Falls Prevention Program aims to reduce the incidence and severity of falls among older people and reduce the social, psychological and economic impact of falls on individuals, families and the community. It provides Statewide leadership, co-ordination and collaboration and provides resources and support for the implementation of local health districts and networks falls prevention plans.
No other single cause of injury, including road trauma, costs the health system more than falls. In NSW each year, falls lead to approximately 27,000 hospitalisations and more than 400 deaths.
More than one in three people aged 65 or over fall at least once a year and many fall more often. Falls are even more common among residents of aged care facilities and the number of falls-related incidents in hospital are high. There has been extensive research demonstrating that many falls among older people can be prevented.
When could a person be potentially Frail?
Fatigue | Resistance - Difficulty walking up stairs or getting out of a chair | Ambulation – difficulty walking 300 metres unaided | Illness- having 5 or more illnesses |Loss of weight - Good News -It can be reversed !!!
Female | than 80 years of age | Having had a previous fall | Medical conditions e.g. Stroke, Parkinson’s | Too many medications | Dehydration →Urinary tract infections → confusion →fall | Incontinence → rushing to the toilet | Muscle weakness | Poor Eyesight | Poor balance | Poor reaction times | Decreased sensation in the legs e.g. Diabetes | Poor footwear | Room hazards e.g. rugs, clutter | Poor pavements and slippery surfaces | Faulty Walking aids or the wrong aid
Strong Body (Physical strength), Strong Mind (improving your Mental health), Strong Spirit ( keeping connected/ Pastoral care).
Treatment of Frailty
Physical Exercise | Multicomponent interventions e.g.? change medications, treat the underlining chronic disease problem |Individual Geriatric Care
Go for a walk outside in the sun | Do some strength and balance exercises
Vitamin D - We should spend at least 20 minutes a day out in the sun but not between 10.00am – 3pm