Falls are a concern for a number of people within the population, with around 30% of adults over 65yrs experiencing at least one fall per year, most commonly in and around the home.
As the population ages, this is due to increase and places importance for both loved ones, carers and healthcare providers on preventing the occurrence and opportunity of falls. Especially for older Australians, falls can result in serious and in some cases life-threatening injury including fractures and breakages of bones, cuts, bruises and sprains.
Along with this, the scare and fear of falling can lead to a loss of confidence, mobility, independence and ultimately the quality of life for some individuals.
In both home and hospital settings, falls continue to be one of the top adverse events. Physical changes, ageing, medications and health conditions are the main factors for increased risk of falling. As falls are one of the leading causes of injury, especially among older adults, it is important to prevent falling before it happens.