- Non-injured falls at home
- Post ED or hospital admission falls
prevention / home hazard assessment
- Fracture liaison service development
- Low level falls prevention / osteoporosis
- The delivery of a major communications campaign
- Sussex Community Foundation Trust recruiting 31fte staff to increase capacity around triage and the provision of multifactorial risk and home hazard assessments
- District and boroughs being resourced to increase capacity around the provision of strength and balance exercise
- A Public Health campaign on the Super 6 exercises including a Make Every Contact County training video for professionals working with at-risk older people.
- Slipper swap events held across the county
Key risk factors for hip fracture are age and gender. The rate of fracture is higher in very elderly groups (80+ years) and also higher in post-menopausal women. West Sussex has an increasing number of people in“very elderly” age groups, and given differences in life expectancy more of these people are women. In recent years the trend in emergency admissions for hip fracture has been fairly stable but projected increases in the very elderly age group is expected.
Work on falls prevention and recovery cuts across organisations and sectors. The West Sussex Falls & Fracture Prevention Steering Group, led by Public Health, includes representation from Districts and Boroughs, health, Fire and Rescue Service, social care and the voluntary sector. The group identify how to improve local provision.