Falls Prevention Service

Falls and injuries associated with falls are common for people aged 65 years and over.

The reason why a person falls can be due to physical, environmental and medical risk factors. Falling is NOT an inevitable part of getting older.

Research has shown that by assessing for risks to an individual and then dealing with each, the risk of having a fall can be reduced and falls prevented.

The Falls Prevention Service offers:

• Home based multifactorial screening to identify risks for falls
• Falls prevention advice – general advice can be found in the Falls Prevention Advice Booklet
• Onward referral to other services if indicated
• Access to strength and balance exercise if appropriate

Service Criteria

The service is available to individuals who meet the following criteria:

• Age 65 years and over
• Lives in the community (not residential or nursing home)
• Lives within South Eastern Trust area
• Has had a recent fall/recurrent falls in the last year/fear of falling/identified as at risk of falling

Referral to the service

Self referrals can be made to the service by completing the referral form on page 12 of Falls Prevention Advice Booklet.