Community Falls Prevention Services in East Kent
One of the biggest challenges to the NHS is that of preventing falls, both in hospital and in the community. Hospitals are continually addressing ways to reduce the risk of patients falling on their wards but reducing community falls is much more problematic.
This is due to most people being unaware that there actually is a problem until it happens. And if they are aware of the problem, many don’t believe they can do anything about it.
Falls and fractures, at home and in the street, are significant public health issues. One in three women and one in five men over the age of 65 are reported to fall each year. This increases to one in two people for both men and women over the age of 80.
The 4 headings below explain the referral routes for a variety of falls services that exist across the east Kent area.
1. Self Directed
- Low risk of falling
- Low level of frailty
2. Postural stability
- Low to moderate risk of falling
- Mostly independent
- Low to medium level of frailty
3. Balance class/Chair based class
- Moderate to high level of risk of falling
- Some dependence upon others for ADL's
- Medium to high level of frailty
- Interchangeable with intermediate Care Team if unavailable
4. Intermediate care Team
- High risk of falling
- Higher level of dependence on others for ADL's
- High level of frailty.
How do you get referred to the Falls Services
Each service has their own referral route.
To refer to the Consutant led falls clinic your GP is required to use the Falls Clinic referral form. The Consultant led falls clinic is for those who have blacked out or have had other unexplained falls or for those requiring a more extensive falls investigation.
Intermediate Care and balance classes (where available)
Referral to ICT or equivalent team requires a referral using the usual Local Referral Unit.
Postural Stability Service
Whilst referral from GP’s and health care is encouraged, the Postural Stability Service also takes referrals from non health care staff and self referrals.
Please see the attached poster for a free course and information.
Falls Group Poster