This quality standard covers assessment after a fall and preventing further falls (secondary prevention) in older people living in the community and during a hospital stay. Secondary prevention focuses on interventions targeted at older people with a history of falls. Older people are those aged 65 years and over.
This paper produced by Yang Tian and colleagues at the King’s Fund explores the system-wide costs of falls in older people in Torbay. It uses Torbay’s unique patient-level linked data set to explore the cost of the care pathway for older people admitted to hospital as a result of a fall by tracking their care costs in the 12 months before and after their fall.
The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Injury Center has created the STEADI Tool Kit to help health care providers who treat older patients in their practice at risk of falling or who may have fallen in the past.
This case study from the Health Foundation's May 2013 newsletter explains how John Pathy Day Hospital, in Cardiff, is reducing visits to A&E through and integrated healthcare programme that helps older people reduce their risks of falls.
This discussion paper by Claire Ballinger and Charlotte Brooks provides an overview of the ways in which occupational therapists can help older people at risk of falls, with a focus on those living in the community.