Care home residents must have regular falls assessments, says a report from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.
The document looks at how care homes for older people can be improved. Every resident should have a falls assessment on admission with regular follow-ups, it says.
On average, residents in UK care homes fall from two to six times a year, according to the findings.
This number could be reduced if a care home team tackles the issue proactively.
A key recommendation is that residents’ safety could be improved if clinical information was shared more easily between GPs, pharmacists and other care providers.
Another is that every care home should have a pharmacist with responsibility for how medicines are used. The report says that £135 million a year could be saved if pharmacists intervened by having regular medicine reviews, for example.
According to the document, there are 405,000 care home residents in the UK aged over 65, with approximately 97 per cent taking at least one prescription medicine.