Falls Facts

Facts About Falls

1 in 3 Australians over the age of 65 fall at least once per year.

70% of reported falls occur in the home or a residential aged care facility.

In 2017, falls in Australia accounted for over 1.2 million days spent in hospital, or 8% of all hospital days in those aged over 65.

20-30% of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries, such as hip fractures or head trauma.

Women are twice as likely to suffer a falls related injury than men. 

Falls cause more injury-related deaths in Australia than transport crash fatalities.

There is estimated to be a 24% mortality rate in the first year following hip fracture.

This mortality rate reduces significantly with an effective rehabilitation program.

However prevention is better than a cure, and exercise is an effective intervention to reduce falls in over 65s.

Evidence shows that improvements to strength and balance are possible even in your 90s.

The Otago Exercise Programme is an evidence-based exercise program, shown to reduce falls risk, and the frequency of falls-related injuries by up to 35% across clinical trails.

At Home Active Physiotherapy, we use a strong evidence base to guide our falls assessments and exercise interventions, ensuring that our clients receive the highest standard of care in order to reduce their risk of falls and fall-related injuries.

Contact Home Active Physiotherapy today on 0434 786 046 to book in your assessment today, or visit our website www.homeactivephysio.com.au for more information.

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