In NSW today, less people are breaking their hips when they fall compared to 2004. However, more people who are over 65 years of age are coming into hospitals after having a fall. Falls can also happen while you are in hospital.
Unfortunately, once you have a fall, you may become afraid of having another fall and this makes it harder for you to stay independent.
See the falls results for Far West Local Health District.
Why is this important?
Falls injury can be prevented, and while some falls cause no harm, others can cause serious injury.
People fall for lots of reasons, including poor balance, poor eyesight, some medications, confusion, delirium, incontinence, unsafe footwear, unfamiliar environments and obstacles.
Sometimes this injury leads to being admitted to hospital and changes in lifestyle.
We also need to be aware of the risk of falling when in hospital as a patient.