Older people who present to hospital with a fall, a history of falls or mobility problems are at risk of functional decline. Patients who are at risk of developing these problems during their admission are also vulnerable to functional decline. Identifying, investigating and responding to their needs is an important part of minimising this risk.
These topics provide information and recommend actions that we and our organisations can take to improve care for older patients.
Falls can cause injury and functional decline. Many falls can be prevented; so we all need to be aware of our patients’ falls risks and respond appropriately.
Mobility and self-care
An older person’s ability to move and care for themselves will determine the services they need in hospital and after discharge.
Reviewed 10 November 2021