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Older people especially the 65+ age group, are at a higher risk of falling and of sustaining serious injury as a result of those falls, the worst being fatality. All falls that lead to a fatality in RACF in Australia are now investigated as a coroners inquest.
Often these falls are a result to pharmacological interventions that negatively impact on the persons mobility and dexterity, as well as their quality of life.
The causes are many and varied but can be broken into area’s in which preventative action can be implemented to lessen the probability and risk of falls and serious fall related injury to the elderly.
It seems reasonable to link falls and impaired mobility in the elderly to many factors, and one of these area’s of concern, is the destructive effects of polypharmacy and sedative effects that are a side effect of many medications that older people take daily.
Great work guys. An area that has for too long been neglected.
If I can assist let me know.
Leah Bisiani - RN.1/Dementia Consultant/MHlthSc