Older people's health research

As our population is ageing, there is an urgent need to develop older people’s care to address their needs. The Community and Primary Care Research Group is conducting community research to get to the heart of the real issues facing this population, and working with older people and their carers to find solutions, best practice and to define what future care will look like.


Getting up following a fall

Falls are the most common reason for ambulance call-outs resulting in non-conveyance. Even in the absence of injury, only half of those who have fallen can get themselves up off the floor.

It is feasible to teach people techniques to help get themselves up off the floor, and our study aimed to investigate older people, carer and staff attitudes towards seeking help and using techniques to get-up following a fall.

A focus group and qualitative interviews with 28 participants including; community-dwelling older people who had experienced a non-injurious fall; carers; physiotherapists; occupational therapists; paramedics and community first responders was carried out, and we developed a model of factors affecting an individual’s capability to get up following a fall.

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<p>Home healthcare worker helping elderly man with walker.<br></p>

Social prescribing for older people in the time of COVID drawing on the cultural sector

We will be examining social prescribing for older people in the time of COVID drawing on the cultural sector in a project titled: “Optimising cultural provision to improve older people’s wellbeing through social prescribing in the context of COVID-19: Realist review and evaluation.”

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The EHCH Framework Study

This qualitative study will explore the implementation of the EHCH framework across eight care homes across the Torbay and South Devon region by capturing the experiences and voices of residents, family members and care staff.

<p>Staff in a care home - image courtesy of Shutterstock</p>