New service aims to slash number of falls

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A new falls service is to be set up by MK Council in a bid to cut the number of falls in MK each year from 600.

National figures from Age UK show that each year more than one in three (3.4 million) people over 65 suffer a fall that can cause a serious injury and even death.

The new service, which will receive £300,000 in funding, will have a single point of access, a central database of people at risk of falls, will undertake wellbeing assessments, a requirement under the Care Act and will develop an exercise programme to improve mobility and prevent falls.

Cllr Nigel Long, councillor for health and wellbeing said: “Anyone can have a fall, but older people are more vulnerable and likely to fall, especially if they have a long-term health condition.

“Falls are a common, but often overlooked, cause of injury. Around one in three adults over 65 who live at home will have at least one fall a year, and about half of these will have more frequent falls. Most falls don’t result in serious injury.

“However, there’s always a risk that a fall could lead to broken bones, and it can cause the person to lose confidence, become withdrawn and feel as if they’ve lost their independence.

“At present there is a fragmented approach to tackling falls in Milton Keynes. The new service will bring organisations together across the health, social care and voluntary sectors. The new service reflects our desire to increase the ability of older and disabled people to remain living independently in their homes.”