Falls are a major cause of disability, are the leading cause of mortality resulting from injury, and have a huge impact on health-care costs. 33–50% of people older than 65 years fall each year. Thousands of those fall at home, and more than 1000 die after falling down stairs.¹ Falls account for more than 80% of all injury-related admissions to hospital in that age group. The cost to the NHS and Social Services is £981 million, and £600 million of that is for the over 75s.