ExtraCare has released a Well-being Review of 2011, summarising
some of the key points that the Charity has encountered over the
The report focuses on ExtraCare's Fracture-Free
project, funded by a grant from the Department of Health,
which looks to reduce the impact of fractures for residents by
detecting previously undiagnosed osteoporosis.
ExtraCare is using an Osteoporosis Risk Assessment, which looks
at key risk factors including age, gender, weight, previous
fracture history and smoking. Anyone with a score of 7 or above is
considered to be at risk and is advised to visit their GP.
Two years into the project, this is what the report
- Nationally, around 33% of older people die within a year of a
hip fracture. For ExtraCare residents, this falls to only 24%.
- 37% of those at risk of osteoporosis are being treated by their
GP, as opposed to only 28% last year.
- Nearly 1,600 residents at ExtraCare's retirement villages and
schemes benefited from an Osteoporosis Risk Assessment between 1
April 2010 and 31 March 2011.
- ExtraCare will continue its programme of Osteoporosis Risk
Assessments for residents into the future.
- Residents who have previously experienced a wrist fracture will
be given extra advice, as they are at an increased risk of hip
fractures. Studies have shown that identifying and treating people
who are in this high risk category can reduce the chances of hip
fracture by 50%.
The report also notes that
- The Well-being Service was honoured by the Department of Health
and the NHS when it was recognised at the prestigious Health and
Social Care Awards 2010, winning the Support for Independence Award
in the West Midlands. Read more about awards that the Well-being
Service has won.
- Residents at ExtraCare's retirement villages and schemes have
experienced improvements in their sleep patterns as well as their
diet, circulation, breathing and bladder and bowel health.
- All of the residents at Lark Hill Village in Nottingham who
took part in a chair-based exercise group reported that they are
now able to get out of their chairs more easily, and 80% report an
improvement in their balance.
- 1,747 residents had a full Well-being Assessment in the year
between 1 April 2010 and 31 March 2011.
- Residents have, on average, a 9.6% improvement in their health
between their first assessment with ExtraCare's Well-being Service
and their follow-up appointment.
For more information on ExtraCare's Well-being Service or the
Fracture-Free project, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org