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Let’s stop seeing falls as inevitable: NARI

One in two aged care residents will have at least one fall each year. This figure goes up for those with dementia, as high as 90 per cent.

That is a staggering statistic that was presented to the royal commission by National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) director of clinical gerontology, Dr Frances Batchelor.

She spoke about the importance of greater research into falls in aged care.

“We shouldn’t just say that falls are an inevitable part of ageing and that they are all going to happen,” she said.

Batchelor blames the high incidence of falls on the rising complexity in care needs of residents, as well as staffing levels. She also pointed to aged care funding which, in her opinion, “is limiting access to comprehensive assessment and management” of falls prevention.

Batchelor spoke with Aged Care Insite to talk more about falls in aged care.

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