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Nearly a third of dementia sufferers have been hospitalised due to a fall injury

Handrails in dementia sufferers' homes can help to avoid injury from falls

THOUSANDS of dementia patients are being admitted to hospital because of a fall, a new study has found. Researchers tracked 8,000 people living with dementia for more than two years and found that 31 per cent suffered a fall which led to them being hospitalised.

Meanwhile, 18 per cent suffered from a fracture, according to the study published in JAMDA – the journal of the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.

Experts have called for more to be done to prevent falls in people's homes – such as handrails and raised toilet seats.

The finding comes as separate research from the University of Exeter provides insight into the factors that can improve a dementia patient's quality of life.

These include having good relationships with family and friends; being included and involved in social activities; and being able to manage everyday activities, according to the research published in the journal Psychological Medicine.

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