This section is for those who run or work in a residential home for the elderly or for those who have a relative in a home.
40% of admissions to nursing homes were precipitated by falls. 60% of people in care homes fall each year. Approximately 50% of older people in residential care facilities fall at least once a year and up to 40% fall more than once a year. Older people living in care homes are three times more likely to fall than older people living in the community.
We are in a unique position at OsteoScan
- We have a mobile bone density scanner to identify residents who are at higher risk of fragility fractures
- We have over 40 years combined experience in the assessment of musculoskeletal and orthopaedic disorders, many of which increase the risk of falls
- We have the medical knowledge to identify and understand the underlying health factors which increase risk of falls (i.e. sight problems, medical conditions and medication)
- We have over 40 years combined experience in the formation of specific exercise programmes to improve muscular strength, balance and joint mobility
- It is our long history of practicing osteopaths that gives us the confidence to give hand-on joint assessment, treatment and exercises
- We have the knowledge and experience to contact other medical and health-care practitioners if referrals are necessary (i.e. to orthopaedic, GP, physiotherapists, ophthalmologists, fitness coaches)
What we Offer
Because of the strong association between osteoporotic fractures and falls, the consensus view is that falls, osteoporosis and fractures must be managed together, but in practice this is rarely the case (Oliver, David; McMurdo, Marion ET; & Patel, Sanjeev. Secondary prevention of falls and osteoporotic fractures in older people. MNJ Vol. 331. 16th July 2005.)
We can offer all or a combination of the following
- Scanning of every resident to determine their bone density
- Take a thorough medical history
- Assess medication taken
- Assessment of every resident’s mobility, balance, strength and joint movement
- Check visual acuity
- Perform falls tests
- Give a written report with prediction of fall probability for every resident
- Give individual exercises to increase joint movement, muscle strength, balance
- Give acupuncture to reduce arthritic joint pain
- Set up and monitor group exercise programmes
- Monitor individuals risk factors
- Give nutritional advice regarding balance and bone density
- Assess living and communal environment to limit fall probability
- Reassess bone density
This approach therefore determines which individual is at particular risk of fracture if they fall. Individuals are assessed to the likelihood of falling and steps can be taken to limit the risk of falling.
We believe that no one in the UK can deliver a service which manages falls, osteoporosis and fracture prevention on site as comprehensively as we can.