Why don’t you try? : Prevent Falls
How can I prevent falls?
Falls are not inevitable and there are lots of practical and simple steps that you can take to reduce your risk of falling. This includes ‘fall-proofing’ your home, taking regular exercise, keeping well and seeking further advice and support when necessary.
There are also things you can do to reduce the harm caused by falls, such as look after your bones and make sure help can be summoned quickly if you do have a fall.
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.
Falls prevention is about enabling you to regain your confidence and live as independent and full a life as possible.
These are common issues but there are simple everyday measures you can take to help you move around safely and prevent a fall.
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
If you feel dizzy/lightheaded when you get up from a chair or bed, try moving your legs in a slow marching action before standing up. Remember to take your time to stand up and try not to rush up to answer the phone or doorbell or go to the toilet.
If you do feel dizzy for whatever reason, or if you have ever experienced a blackout or lost consciousness, it is important that you speak to your GP. It may be something simple which can easily be addressed.
Here’s a tip for you to try this week :
Research the types of products that might be able to help your loved one reduce their falls risk such as a nightlight or secure footwear, Complete a ‘make your home falls free’ checklist with Age UK, Visit fallsassistant.org.uk for advice and assessment, If they’ve not had a falls risk assessment, contact your local authority to get one., Look at rearranging the home so it is more accessible and safe,
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