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District nurses join forces with firefighters to prevent falls

Fire safety checks are being used to identify older people at risk of faling and refer them to appropriate services

Nurses have teamed up with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) as part of a falls prevention initiative

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust (BDCT) is providing training to all firefighters across Bradford and Airedale as part of an 18-month falls prevention project. The training will enable firefighters to identify older people who are at risk of falling at home as part of their routine Safe and Well checks. If an older person is identified as being at risk, they will be referred to the district nursing team for an in-depth falls assessment.

More than 25,000

people age 65 and over have at least one fall

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