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Falls in older people is a global public health issue with older people experiencing loss of independence, disability and psychological distress. By taking the opportunity to ask about falls we open the door to a pathway of advice and interventions which can prevent the negative impact of falls.

Often staff may think that older people are too frail to take up exercise. The film uses lived experience of older people and their stories to challenge this view. It aims to raise awareness that falls prevention is part of everyone’s roles, that exercise can make a positive difference and to prompt small changes in practice. 

Falls prevention resources

The resource is designed to be relevant for health and care staff at a broad generic or universal level (it is not for staff who, because of their role and or practice setting, play a specialist role in falls prevention or rehabilitation).  Whilst the film can be watched as a stand alone resource, it is best used in groups/teams using the accompanying facilitators guide. 

After watching this film, and participating in workshop activities in the facilitators guide provided, staff in health and social care will be better able to:

  • explain relationship between older people, frailty, risk of falls and exercise
  • describe role of exercise in reducing risk of falls
  • discuss how early conversations about falls risk (using persons own language) can lead to an older person acting to reduce their falls risk
  • initiate a conversation with older people about doing something to reduce risk
  • make use of local and national resources to provide relevant and meaningful information e.g. about local classes or self-help activities
Video and facilitator guide

 

Facilitator Guide

The resource aims to raise awareness that falls prevention is part of everyone’s roles, that exercise can make a positive difference and to prompt small changes in practice.

The facilitators guide should be used in conjunction with the falls prevention video for workshop activity in local settings.

Facilitators Guide (doc)