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Falls Prevention

Advice and treatment for patients with a history of, or risk of, falling at home.

Falls Prevention

About the service

The falls service sees people who have recently had a fall, or those at high risk of a fall.

Falls can have a significant impact on your health. It's our aim to find out why the fall happened and to treat any underlying problems that may increase your chances of falling.

We will want to know your medical history and any medications that you take. We may also be interested in where you live and what you do day-to-day. These questions will help us build a picture of why you have fallen.

We may carry out some observations, look at your movements of your joints, and the strength of your muscles. We will also be interested in your walking and may carry out simple balance tests. 

Falls are common especially as you get older, but many can be prevented. We can help you reduce the risk of a fall, such as through making simple changes to your home or exercises to improve your strength and balance.

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Who is this service for?

For adults who require specialist falls prevention advice and management in a community setting. We will also visit patients in nursing and residential homes.

If you are a healthcare professional and need to refer a patient to our Falls Prevention Service, please complete the referral form.

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Contact us

P0 Box 237 North Somerset Community Partnership Castlewood Tickenham Road Clevedon North Somerset BS21 9AX

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Case studies

Mr and Mrs Smith

Mrs Smith went to hospital after a fall with a suspected hip fracture. Luckily, there was not a fracture and she was discharged the same day.

We contacted the patient to discuss the fall. Mrs Smith told us that she fell in her bedroom rushing around, and that she had fallen twice before.

We asked if Mrs Smith would like to attend the clinic but as she was the main carer for her husband, she declined. We made a home appointment and visited her the next day.

We carried out an assessment. The patient’s husband was there; he looked frail and had poor mobility, and was also suffering from dementia. Mr Smith had also fallen at home; five times in the last year, and Mrs Smith had been helping him up from the floor because she didn’t like to ask for help.

Mrs Smith explained that she looked after him 24 hours a day. She got up with him in the night to take him to the toilet and most nights ended up changing the sheets. Mrs Smith also did all the household chores, gardening etc. 

What we did for Mr and Mrs Smith:

  • Completed a continence assessment; Mr and Mrs Smith are getting a better nights sleep because continence issues are under control
  • Completed a mobility assessment - Mr Smith is more independent because he has walking aids, and his risk of falls has minimised
  • Undertook a medication review; added appropriate bone protection
  • Supported them with a benefits review - they now have increased income
  • Installed CareLink so Mrs Smith can call for help
  • Provided equipment such as a bed leaver, perching stool, toilet frames, rails to make access to the bathroom and front door safe, and an additional stair rail
  • Completed a fire safety check
  • Completed a wheelchair referral so Mr and Mrs Smith can go out together
  • Arranged for a cleaner to visit weekly
  • Arranged home care to bath Mr Smith
  • Showed Mrs Smith some basic chair exercises
  • Organised a sitter for Mr Smith so Mrs Smith could attend community exercise programme and enjoy some respite.

Neither Mr or Mrs Smith have had a fall since our intervention.

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