The King's Fund

Exploring the system-wide costs of falls in older people in Torbay

  • Format: Printed copy
  • Publication date: 22 August 2013
  • Authors: Yang Tian, James Thompson, David Buck, Lara Sonola

One in three people aged over 65, and half of those aged over 80, fall at least once a year. Falls cost the NHS more than £2 billion per year. With the number of people aged 65 and over predicted to increase by 2 million by 2021, these costs are set to rise further.

This paper uses Torbay’s unique patient-level inked data set to explore the NHS and social care costs of the care pathway for older people in the 12 months before and after being admitted to hospital as a result of a fall.