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CGA issues: mobility and balance
Improving older people’s walking and balancing improves quality of life, reduces dependence on health and social care and prevents falls. This guide looks at the importance of taking a full history, assessing gait and balance, and referral to physiotherapy.
CGA issues: falls
Often a key component of Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment in primary care, this guide examines step-by-step how to carry out a multifactorial risk assessment for falls.
CGA issues: bone health
Older people with frailty, those with reduced mobility and those with multiple co-morbidities are all susceptible to problems with bone health.
BGS News, Aug 2018: Frailty in older people and the stay safe initiative
The website 'Staysafe' has been created to signpost people to the wealth of resources and advice available to help them as they get older – including support on nutrition, exercise and accident prevention.
A quality improvement programme that uses specially trained nurses to introduce an evidence based care bundle to reduce inpatient falls
Benzodiazepines and falls risk
Falls are a frequent and frightening issue for patients and staff, and they have physical and psychological consequences for individuals and society. They are costly in human and financial terms (National Institute for Health and Clinical ExceIlence 2004).
Clinical guidelines on falls and fractures
Guidelines from NICE and Public Health England on prevention of falls and fractures, and the diagnosis and management of hip fractures.
Deconditioning and loss of functional abilities in frail older people may start soon after arriving in hospital. Many end up in a care home prematurely because of it. This campaign, with downloadable resources, aims to encourage patients to 'Sit up, get dressed, keep moving!'
Once you've identified that an older person has frailty, what steps you can take to undertake a holistic review, or Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment, in order to manage frailty. And can frailty be reversed?
Care of patients with fragility fracture (Blue Book)
Fracture services often fail to respond to the true complexity of their older patients’ needs. The Care of Patients with Fragility Fracture (the 'Blue Book', available as a download) sets out best practice in the care and prevention of fragility fractures.