Elderly break more legs in Munkfors
The risk for an elderly person to fall and break a leg is almost three times higher in some municipalities, compared to others, the newsagency TT reports.
A comparison between different municipalities show that in Munkfors in the western county of Värmland, there were almost three times as many elderly per capita who fell and broke a leg or got a hip fracture, compared to Mörbylånga on southern Gotland. The numbers are from between 2011 and 2013, and concern people who are 65+, counted per 100,000 inhabitants.
Kalle Brandstedt at the Swedish Board of Health and Welfare says they are not sure why the differences are so big, but that it indicates there is a lot of room for improvement.
"Anything from improving the accommodation within the elder care, to better snow clearing and sanding of the roads," he told TT.
He added that there is a big difference between the municipality when it comes to the elder care. For example, in some municipalities the publicly funded home-help, which is essential for many elderly in their every day life, the staff turnover is very big.
On average, a person who receives home-help, will meet 15 different members of staff over a two week period. But in Hjo municipality, the number is 24. In Hörby in Skåne on the other hand, an elderly person is 'only' visited by six different members of staff over a two week perio