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The former operator of a care home has been fined after a resident suffered serious injuries from a fall. See article in Care Home Professional.

A Suffolk care home business has been fined following the death of an elderly resident. Click here for more information.

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (Scie) and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have produced a quick guide for care home managers to help them recognise and prevent delirium. Click here. 

Here's a flow chart showing actions to take after a fall. Click here.

A free information session on osteoporosis and falls is being held on Tuesday 18th April at the University of Suffolk in Ipswich, from 9am to 5pm. You can register for this free event at www.nos.org.uk/studydays or download a leaflet here.

A care home manager and her employer have admitted serious health and safety breaches after a 76-year-old man with dementia died when he fell down an unlit staircase, according to the Nottingham Post.

A care provider has been fined £190,000 following the death of a disabled resident who broke his neck at a nursing home in West Yorkshire, according to ITV news website.

A council has been fined following an investigation into a pensioner's death from exposure to legionella - story on Social Care Information and Learning Service's website.

Suffolk Community Healthcare's falls and fragility fracture prevention team is inviting care professionals to an open day on Thursday 25th February to view and evaluate equipment specialising in falls and fracture prevention. It is taking place between 10am and 4pm at Ipswich Hospital, Postgraduate Education Centre. For more information, contact Anita Walkinshaw at Suffolk Community Healthcare on 01473 275250. 

St Nicholas Hospice is holding a falls prevention workshop on Friday, 5th February 2016 as part of its education programme to support care homes to reduce the number of unwanted admissions to hospital. Click here for details on the workshop. It has also produced a training support for care homes. Click here for the training sheet.

The great majority of both fatal and non-fatal accidents involving older people are falls - information from RoSPA, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.