Falls services aim to help reduce the risk of falling, raise awareness of fall hazards and make changes and adaptations to the home environment to prevent falls from occurring.
Services are for everyone, but tend to see older people (over the age of 65) because they are more at risk. When older people fall, their injuries can be more serious because of the increased likelihood of osteoporosis (thinning bones), making broken bones more likely, especially amongst women. A key part of the services is to help avoid unnecessary admissions to hospital and the possibility of being transferred for long-term care following a fall.
The service assesses an individual's fall risk factors, and works with them to make changes in their home environment where necessary, including providing adaptive equipment. They will also investigate why the individual may have fallen, develop a preventative action plans to increase their confidence with walking and daily activities, and suggest exercises that they can do at home to develop strength and balance.
Eligibility criteria and referrals
Eligibility criteria and referrals vary according to location. For details, choose a service from the list below the map.
Where can you find this service?
- ACamden Integrated Primary Care Falls Service – exercise groupsContact Centre, South Wing, St Pancras Hospital, 4 St Pancras Way, London, NW1 0PEmore service details
- BCamden Integrated Primary Care Falls ServiceContact Centre, South Wing, St Pancras Hospital, 4 St Pancras Way, London, NW1 0PEmore service details
- CMilton Keynes Falls Service - Staying SteadyBletchley Community Hospital, Whalley Drive, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, MK3 6ENmore service details
- DHillingdon Community Rehabilitation TeamContact Centre, Kirk House, 97-109 High Street, Yiewsley, Middlesex, UB7 7HJmore service details