Around one in three adults over 65 will have at least one fall a year. Most falls don’t result in serious injury but they often lead to a loss of confidence.
Don’t worry! There are lots of ways you can reduce your risk of having a fall – we’ve even outlined some of them below.
Tips For Preventing Falls at Home:
- Immediately mop up spillages
- Remove clutter, trailing wires and frayed carpets
- Use non-slip mats and rugs
- Use high-wattage light bulbs
- Organise your home so that climbing, stretching and bending are kept to a minimum
- Get help to do things that you’re unable to do safely alone
- Don’t walk on slippery floors in socks or tights
- Don’t wear loose-fitting, trailing clothes that might trip you up
- Wear well-fitting shoes that are in good condition and support the ankle
- Take care of your feet – see a GP or chiropodist about any foot concerns
Regular Exercise Can Help Prevent Falls:
- Regular exercise can improve your strength and balance
- Ask your care worker to help you carry out exercises, safely
Preventing Falls While on Medication:
- Some medications have side effects that may increase the risk of falling
- Your GP should review your medicines yearly to ensure they’re the right dose for you
Sight Tests Can Help Prevent Falls:
- If you have poor vision you should have regular sight tests – find an optician near you
Home Risk Assessment:
- A home hazard assessment will make recommendations on how to use your environment more safely – like installing a personal alarm system or safety bars
- Ask your GP or local authority about the help available near you
Alcohol & Fall Prevention:
- Drinking alcohol can lead to loss of coordination and affect some medicines – so always drink moderately and accordingly
Contact your nearest Angel Care office and speak with one of our friendly care team about creating a support package to suit you.
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