For the first time ever, a partnership of local organisations from health, councils and the charity sector are taking part in a North Staffordshire-wide Falls Awareness Week.
Revival are taking part, alongside other organisations, with health fairs, information stands and easy exercise classes. The aim is to raise awareness about the seriousness of falls and ways to reduce the risk.
Age is one of the key reasons people fall and older people are most likely to suffer serious injury from a fall. Around one in three people over 65 living at home will have at least one fall a year, and about half of these will have frequent falls. Falls are not inevitable and can be prevented.
John Larkham, Services Manager at Age UK North Staffordshire and Chair of the Falls Awareness Week group said “The injuries from falling can be very serious, such as hip fractures and even death, and the fear of falling can lead to loss of confidence, loss of independence and increased isolation.
“We are hoping that be increasing people’s awareness of and resilience to falls, we can have an impact in keeping people healthier for longer.”
Nicola Bucknall, from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Groups, said: “We are delighted to be a part of this partnership bringing together this important new initiative to support older people and help prevent trips and falls.
“Enabling people to live safe and healthy lives in their homes for longer is a key focus for the CCGs and we are keen to discover what we can do to help support people to remain active and independent.”
“We are seeking views on our different falls services and would like to know what patients think and how we could best support them. Patient feedback surveys will be available at all of the events during Falls Awareness Week and is available on our website under ‘Have your say’.”
Find out where Revival will be, and have your say at http://www.northstaffsccg.nhs.uk/falls-awareness-week-2016