When an older person falls, it can have devastating consequences. Multiplied across the population, it’s a major public health issue.
A third of people over 65, and half of people over 80, fall at least once a year. Falls are the most common cause of death from injury in the over 65s and cost the NHS over £2bn a year and over 4 million bed days. Nearly 9 million, or one in six people in the population in England was 65 or over at the time of the last census, and the figure is forecast to rise by another 2 million by 2021.
Following the recent audit in the division of medicine at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust shows that 49.6% of all inpatients showed signs of cognitive impairment, predominantly dementia and delirium. There was a need to bring activity and cognitive stimulation into these acute environments to ensure that the patients will cognitive impairment have the best experience.