Cornwall

Group plans to cut fall numbers in Cornwall

Councillors are to try to cut the annual £8m bill incurred by the emergency services in Cornwall when people fall and injure themselves.

The problem is the most frequent type of accident affecting the over-65s.

A group of county councillors is to review the problem in the hope of stressing the importance of improved mobility and cutting the £8m bill.

Councillor Chris Gonninan champions older people's issues in Cornwall said more prevention was required.

One project already helping people with mobility issues is the Renew course.

It has been designed for people who have numerous neurological conditions as well as helping those who regularly have falls.

Plans are now under way to extend the Renew course, which is free and supported by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Primary Care Trust, county-wide.

Mr Gonninan said: "Balance and stability is what it's all about. If we can improve people's balance and stability, we will have a significant impact on the number of people who fall."

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