Falls

Falls are the largest cause of emergency hospital admissions for older people, and significantly impact on long-term outcomes, e.g. being a major precipitant of people moving from their own home to long-term nursing or residential care.

The highest risk of falls is in those aged 65 and above, and it is estimated that about 30% of people (2.5 million) aged 65 and above living at home and about 50% of people aged 80 and above living at home or in residential care will experience an episode of fall at least once a year. Falls that results in injury can be very serious - approximately 1 in 20 older people living in the community experience a fracture or need hospitalisation after a fall.

Key findings for Lancashire-14

These key findings are based on the falls data from Public Health England and other sources. Also of interest may be the clinical commissioning group data on the proportion of patients with a hip fracture recovering to their previous levels of mobility at 30 days and 120 days. Please see the further analysis section below for more details. Where rates are given, these are per 100,000 of the 65+ population. 

  • In the Lancashire-14 area the percentage of the 65+ population predicted to have a fall is projected to increase by 42% by 2035 and the percentage of these predicted to be admitted to hospital as a result is projected to increase by 49% by 2035.
  • In Blackburn with Darwen (2,454) and Lancaster (2,445), the rate of emergency hospital admissions for injuries due to falls  is significantly worse than the England rate (2,169).
  • In the Lancashire-12 area (1,969) overall, and the districts of Chorley (1,439), Fylde (1,854), Preston (1,614), Ribble Valley (1,776), South Ribble (1,509) and Wyre (1,953), the rate of emergency hospital admissions for injuries due to falls in persons aged 65+ is significantly better than the England rate.
  • Lancashire-12 area's rate (564) of emergency hospital admissions for a fractured neck of femur in persons 65+ is similar to the England rate (589).
  • In the Lancashire-12 area overall (1,718) and Ribble Valley (1,193) the rate of emergency hospital admissions for fractured neck of femur in females aged 80+ is better than the England rate (1,868).

In Blackpool (20.5%), Burnley (18.3%), Chorley (19.4%), Fylde (26.8%), Lancaster (19.6%), Pendle (18.2%), Ribble Valley (23.1%), South Ribble (20.6%), West Lancashire (21.4%) and Wyre (26.9%) the proportion of population aged 65 years and above is significantly higher than the England average (17.9%).

Further analysis

Falls in Lancashire-14 (XLSX 80 KB)

Hip fracture - 30 days recovery (XLSX 88 KB)

Hip fracture - 120 days recovery (XLSX 85 KB)

 Page updated October 2017