Erosh champions quality housing and support for older people including sheltered housing. Our members provide environments and support which reduce the risk of falls amongst older people as well as implementing specific falls prevention strategies. When falls do happen they also respond quickly which can avoid costly ambulance costs as well as hospital stays. One of our members in the Midlands developed a fantastic first response service which saved thousands; unfortunately it didn't survive funding cuts despite demonstrating significant cost savings.
Policy implications are also for government via local authorities to fund improvements to pavements, social services and sheltered housing initiatives etc. These are as important in falls prevention as NHS initiatives.
Interesting to compare some of the economics with those in a case study produced by Rospa in partnership with PHE on Bristol's falls strategy
I am naturally sorry that my original comment on this paper was not published, as it was intended very much in good faith. This was a suggestion that a little further analysis be done as to whether the costs of falling were reduced for those fallers who were Torbay Lifeline users as conventional wisdom is that the cost is very dependent on the length of time someone remains on the ground before being rescued. More detail is at http://telecareaware.com/falling-in-torbay-a-mine-of-useful-information-uk/#sthash.3SgnkVXZ.dpuf which also has two detailed comments on how the analysis might best be done.
RNIB are hosting our annual Research Day on 21st October, at our Judd Street office in London. The theme this year is 'Falls and sight loss'. Confimed speakers so far are Dr. Tammy Boyce, and Sarah Buchanan of Thomas Pocklington Trust. The day will be a good opportunity to hear the latest research in this area, and to have some fruitful discussions along this theme. Admission is free. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend.