According to national statistics, someone over 65 dies every 5 hours as a result of a fall and 40% of these in residential care homes.
The National Falls collaborative (NFC) was established with the aim of reducing falls in the residential community by 30 per cent. Working in 20 care homes around the UK, the NFC teams trialed evidence based interventions into falls prevention.
One successful scheme was Ashbourne Home, The Birch Hall Care Centre, Darwen Lancashire. Care Home Manager, Linda McAllister as part of the NFC team introduced the BalanceMaster™ as part of the initiative. Birch Hall has subsequently reduced recorded falls by 50%.
One example was a 73 year old female resident, who was restricted by the need for bilateral knee replacements and had been in
constant pain – a disability that caused her to walk badly and to clutch her frame for support and confidence. On her return, after having one knee replaced in hospital, she was placed under the care of an NFC team and followed a daily regime of physiotherapy, chair based exercise and BalanceMaster™ sessions, combined with other specialist interventions as necessary.
Andrea Madden the NFC Project Manager, “Since her return from hospital her progress has been superb and her quality of life has improved beyond measure.”