The great majority of both fatal and non-fatal accidents involving older people are falls. Almost three-quarters of falls among the 65-and-over age group result in arm, leg and shoulder injuries. Older people are also more likely to injure more than one part of their body, with 25 per cent of falls causing injury to more than one part of the body, compared to an average 16 per cent among all age groups. One in every five falls among women aged 55 and over results in a fracture or fractures requiring hospital treatment.

Other main injuries suffered are bruising or crushing, cuts, wounds resulting from piercing and straining or twisting a part of the body.

Although most falls do not result in a serious injury, being unable to get up exposes the faller to the risk of hypothermia and pressure sores.

Prevention

This RoSPA video highlights easy tips to prevent an elderly relative, friend, neighbour or even your gran from falling over at home:

How to get up safely after a fall

This RoSPA video highlights easy tips to help older people get back on their feet after falling over at home

Stay Steady

Helpful tips for older adults on improving their balance and strength in their own home to help them avoid falls

Safe at home: tips for the over-65s

A short guide to the most common accidents in the home - Leaflet to download:

https://www.rospa.com/rospaweb/docs/advice-services/home-safety/safe-at-home-over-65s-booklet.pdf 

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