The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) will host an online seminar aimed at sharing best practice to prevent falls in the home.
Health and social care practitioners have been invited to attend the free one-hour webinar, which will taking place on Monday, September 7 at 10am.
It will be hosted by RoSPA’s community safety team in Scotland and will focus on the current issues around falls in the home and ways in which these can be prevented.
Attendees will hear presentations from falls prevention experts Professor Dawn Skelton, professor in ageing and health at Glasgow Caledonian University, and Lianne McNally, senior improvement adviser at NHS Lanarkshire.
During the webinar, the speakers will share new research, as well as innovative and strategic ways falls are being prevented. Those who attend the live event will have an opportunity to put their questions to the speakers.
RoSPA’s community safety development manager in Scotland, Carlene McAvoy, said: “Falls can have a huge impact on anyone’s quality of life but for older people in particular they can be devastating. As well as the physical consequences, falls can destroy confidence, leading to loneliness, isolation and a loss of independence.
“The good news is that interventions can be put in place to reduce the likelihood of a fall. RoSPA Scotland will be holding this webinar on Monday, September 7, in order to share best practice in falls prevention. I hope that healthcare professionals, care providers and those with falls prevention responsibility in local government, will be able to attend this event and share their insights. The webinar will have useful content for practitioners from across the UK.”
According to research by the Department for Work and Pensions, falls affect more than a third of people over 65 years old and 40% of people over 80.
More than a quarter of falls result in hip fractures and the treatment of these alone is estimated to cost the NHS around £2 billion.
And according to a report published by the Office of National Statistics last year, more than 5,000 older people died because of a fall in 2017 compared to 4,856 in 2015, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).