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RoSPA aims to save lives in homes

26th July 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is launching a project to reduce the number of falls at home.

It has created the short Facing up to Falls film, which aims to educate families and older people on the practical steps required to prevent injury and stop people from tumbling over.

Falls among people aged over 65 are a UK-wide problem with around 310,000 hospital admissions in 2011-12.

Ashley Martin, RoSPA’s public health project manager, said: “More than 3,500 people in England and Wales die every year as a result of a fall and nearly a third of a million people need hospital treatment. Many older people who suffer from falls never fully recover from either the physical or psychological impact of their injuries.”

Mr Martin explained that the risk of a fall increases with age, adding that half of older people cannot live independently after suffering a fracture. ADNFCR-2754-ID-801617259-ADNFCR


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