Falls and their resulting injuries are a serious public health issue among older adults. Falls are associated with a considerable number of deaths, a considerable number of complications and premature nursing-home admission.
Both the frequency of falls and the severity of the fall rise considerably after the age of 70. In the United States 1 in 3 people over the age 65 years and older falls each year. After the age 75 the rate increases significantly higher.
In addition to physical injury, falls can also have an psychological and social consequences. It has been described that people who fall lose their self-confidence. This leads to further reduction in their mobility and their level of activity.
Getting help fast in an event of a fall helps recovery time and self-confidence. Studies show when a victim of a fall gets help within a few minutes the chance of recovery and returning home increases enormously.