Why don’t you try? : Prepare for potential falls
Preparing for potential falls
Falls are not inevitable and there are lots of practical and simple steps that you can take to reduce your risk of falling. Having a falls risk assessment and making practical day-to-day activity and lifestyle changes can help you identify, assess and reduce your risk of falling; improve stability and maintain or improve independence and wellbeing.
To help you move around safely and prevent a fall:
- Take your time. For instance, don’t rush to answer the phone or doorbell. If you need to get up at night make sure that you put a bedside light on and put on your slippers and glasses (if you wear them).
- Lift your feet and try to make sure your steps are the same length. Stand tall and let your arms swing naturally at your sides. When you’re turning a corner take slightly shorter steps.
- Look where you are going. Look straight ahead & when you need to look down do this with your eyes, try not to with your head.
- Use a walking aid. If you’re not already doing so, think about using a walking aid. Walking aids can help your balance and take the load off painful joints.
- Remove potential trip hazards in your home, such as:
– poor lighting
– loose rugs
– trailing cables
– clutter on the floor or stairs
– spills or wet floors
- Be aware of pets, especially dogs. They are a great way to feel connected and to get out and about but they can easily get under your feet and trip you over.
- Get help if you need to lift or move items that are heavy or difficult to lift
Also, consider going through this checklist with your loved one, to familiarise them with what they can do if they have a fall so they have an action plan, which can help put their (and your) mind at ease:
If you can get up:
1. Ease yourself up onto your elbows
2. Move onto your hands and knees
3. Hold onto a firm surface & for example a chair to support you
4. Facing the chair, ease yourself to a standing position
5. Turn yourself gently and sit on a firm surface
6. Tell your GP or health professional you had a fall
Here’s a tip for you to try this week :
Learn how to deal with a fall so you’re ready ahead of any emergency, Speak to the falls prevention team in your area for advice, Visit fallsassistant.org.uk for information and advice and an assessment, Find out about falls technology that can be useful such as a Bridgit Falls Watch,
You can visit the Bridgit Shop at anytime to find our what products and services can support you.