Falls awareness week runs from June 15th-21st 2014
In addition to bruising, fractures, and in some cases, death, a fall can destroy confidence, increase isolation and reduce independence.
National falls awareness week aims to raise awareness surrounding the causes of falls and fall prevention. Elderly people fall for various reasons;
- loose fitting rugs or rippled carpets
- Cognitive impairments such as dementia
- Sight loss
- Mobility or balance issues
- Ill fitting footwear
- Change of walking ability, shuffling.
- Clutter on the floor.
If falls can be prevented in some instances then this will only be of benefit to older people.