FALLS AWARENESS WEEK

19 – 25 September 2022

Keep moving this falls awareness week!

The issue of patient deconditioning has never been more important. Accident and emergency (A&E) teams, for example, have reported increases in unplanned admissions of patients with more complex needs, including deconditioning.

Impacts of patient deconditioning

When you look at reports like ‘Wider impacts of COVID-19 on physical activity, deconditioning and falls in older adults’, it is almost impossible to overlook the correlation between reduced physical activity and the range of challenges A&Es face daily. According to included findings, an increase in activity levels of just 10%, compared to 2020, could potentially save more than 4,500 older adults from having a fall.

Not only would this increased activity save as much as £16 million in health and social care-related costs, but more than 4,500 patients and their families could potentially avoid suffering the long-lasting trauma of a fall.

Action against falls

We can use ‘Falls Awareness Week 2022’ to encourage older adults to start doing some of those activities they loved doing before COVID-19—whether that is doing a bit of walking, dancing, swimming or even a Parkrun event.

The idea is to focus on what is easiest and that should make it more likely for those activities to become a habit.

#KeepMoving and #ThinkFalls


Register now for Falls Awareness 2022!

You will receive your Falls Awareness Week 2022 digital campaign kit and invitations to 4 webinars by amazing speakers that will take place over the course of the week. 

Falls Awareness Week Webinars

19 September – Deconditioning versus ‘Reconditioning’
Prof. Brain Dolan, Health Service 360 #EndPJParalysis
Time: 12 – 1pm (BST)

20 September – Walking Stick Health Check Week
Paul Mills, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Time: 12 – 1pm (BST)

22 September – Fear of falling: Consequences for balance and falls
Toby Ellmers PhD, Imperial College London
Time: 12 – 1pm (BST)

23 September – Keep On Keep Up (KOKU) – The importance of strength and balance to combat deconditioning
Dr. Emma Stanmore, Healthy Ageing Research Group lead and member of Digital Health Research Groups, University of Manchester
Time: 12 – 1pm (BST)


Partners for Falls Awareness Week 2022

Our partners have a wealth of resources to support you as you help your patients to recondition and get their lives back.

Clicking on the links below takes you straight to their resources!


Join the conversation on Twitter and share your ideas!

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A look back at Falls Awareness Week 2021

Many of your great local campaign activities are pictured below.

 


Reference
1. Vonnes C, Wolf D. Fall risk and prevention agreement: engaging patients and families with a partnership for patient safety.BMJ Open Quality 2017