In order to live safely and independently in your own home, it is important to try to minimise the risks of having There are a variety of things you can do to prevent a fall.
Keep active by doing a regular exercise programme - exercise is one of the most important ways to reduce your chances of falling. It makes you stronger, and maintains mobility improving balance and co-ordination. Ask your doctor or health care worker about the best type of exercise programme for you.
Take care of your feet and wear well fitting shoes and slippers.
Have regular reviews of your medication, and regular eyesight and hearing checks.
Eat a healthy, balanced diet and try not to skip meals.
If you have recently experienced some falls you can be assessed by the the NHS Falls Team (phone 01530 468515)
Carrying out a home safety check is a good idea. Top tips include:
- Removing unnecessary clutter from stairs and places where you walk
- Ensuring all areas of your home are well lit
- Keeping items you use often in cabinets you can reach easily without using a step stool
- Having grab bars put in on your stairs and next to your toilet and in the tub or shower
- Having a personal alarm to alert carers if you have a fall
Page Last Updated: 30 August 2011