Reviews in Clinical Gerontology

Intermediate care and rehabilitation

Preventing falls and fractures in long-term care

Stephen J Wallisa1 c1 and Gordon A Campbella1

a1 Department of Medicine for the Elderly, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK

Summary

The prevalence of falls and associated injuries increases with age and dependency. The highest occurs among individuals living in long-term care institutions. Preventing falls results in reduced physical and psychological morbidity as well as having cost-saving implications. This review explores both uni- and multifactorial approaches to reducing fall rates and risk in individuals in long-term care, as well as highlighting the differences in this group from community-dwelling individuals.

(Online publication April 18 2011)

Correspondence:

c1 Address for correspondence: Stephen Wallis, Department of Medicine for the Elderly, Box 135, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0QQ. Email: drstephenwallis@gmail.com