Everyone is potentially at risk of having a fall, but certain groups of people are more vulnerable than others. These groups are:
- adults who are over 65 years of age,
- children, and
- people whose jobs involve working at heights.
Anyone can have a fall, but older people are more vulnerable and likely to fall, especially if they have a long-term health condition.
Falls are a common, but often overlooked, cause of injury. Around 1in 3adults over 65 who live at home will have at least one fall a year, and about half of these will have more frequent falls.
Most falls don't result in serious injury. However, there's always a risk that a fall could lead to broken bones, and it can cause the person to lose confidence, become withdrawn and feel as if they've lost their independence.
For more information on how to prevent falls visit the NHS Choices website www.nhs.uk/conditions/falls/Pages/Introduction.aspx
Also see the guidance written by NICE here.