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.
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 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%).
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