Age UK works on a wide range of areas around falls prevention. This includes supporting local Age UKs to deliver their falls services, policy and influencing as well as research.
You may be interested in some of our research and influencing reports on falls prevention including:
Falls Prevention Guide, June 2013 (PDF, 308KB)
This document explains the evidence base for falls prevention exercise and the benefits which can be expected, for older people and for health and care services, if programmes are put in place which follow the evidence. It includes case studies of current services which are delivering a reduction in falls through such programmes.
Don't Mention the F- word (PDF 232KB)
Stop Falling: Start Saving Lives and Money (PDF 2.57MB)
There are also many useful external resources such as:
ProFounND falls prevention intervention factsheets
ProFouND is an EU funded project on evidence-based best practice interventions to prevent falls in older people living in the community across Europe. It involves 21 partners in 12 countries. Its factsheets are now available, collated as a single pdf resource. The resource includes guidance on multifactorial interventions and factsheets on exercise, vision, bone health, vitamin D, home and environment, footwear and protective clothing, and falls detection and prevention technologies.
Download the ProFouND falls prevention factsheet (PDF, 1.49MB)
Falls and Fractures Alliance
Age UK and the National Osteoporosis Society have established a new Falls and Fractures Alliance in England. By working together, members of the Alliance are better placed to achieve the common goals of preventing falls and fractures and, specifically, reducing the rate of hospital admissions for hip fractures and for falls-related injuries among older people.
Members of the Alliance have all signed the Falls and Fractures Declaration. This is a series of commitments that all Alliance members with the aim of achieving these goals. Follow the link above to read the Falls and Fractures Declaration and to find out more.
Prevention Package for Older People, Department of Health
The Prevention Package for Older People includes a suite of key policy documents setting out a strategy for delivering effective falls and fracture services in England.
National Audit on Falls and Bone Health in Older People
The Royal College of Physicians has produced a number of useful reports as part of the audit including:
Older people's experiences of therapeutic exercise as part of a falls prevention service.
This report highlights a lack of evidence-based interventions as well as long term follow-on classes, and presents important recommendations for commissioners and service providers.
A lay summary of the 2010 falls and bone health audit report: A report highlighting the findings from the 2010 national audit of falls and bone health which has been written in plain language for older people at risk of falls, and their friends, relatives, carers and neighbours. It details the falls and fracture services available and the standards of care expected from these services.
ProFaNE is an online community supporting falls prevention professionals. There are many resources and research material available and it hosts online discussions between professionals.
For further information on our work on falls prevention, or sign up to our Preventing Falls e-bulletin, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.