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Falls Prevention

 

Information taken from Hampshire County Council Public Service


 

Steps you can take to prevent falls


  • Doing strength exercisesand balance exercisestwice a week can reduce your risk of having a fall.
  • Make your home safer by removing potential slip and trip hazards and ensuring rooms are well lit.
  • Low blood pressure, also known as hypotension, can cause unsteadiness, dizziness or fainting. If you have low blood pressure, take your time when standing up, avoid standing for long periods of time, stay well hydrated and eat smaller meals more often.
  • Wear well-fitting shoes and slippers that are in good condition and support the ankle. Avoid wearing soft, floppy, loose-fitting or open-backed slippers because these can cause trips.
  • Take care of your feet by trimming toenails regularly and see a GP or chiropodist about any foot problems.
  • Drinking alcohol can lead to loss of co-ordination and exaggerate the effects of some medicines. This can significantly increase the risk of a fall, particularly in older people. Avoiding or reducing alcohol intake can reduce the risk of falls
  • Have your medications reviewed by your GP at least once a year. This is especially important if you take more than four medicines a day.
  • Have your eyesight tested each year.


For further details about ways to reduce your risk of having a fall visit The NHS Choices website.


It’s never too late to improve your balance and reduce your chances of a trip.

Here are some tips to avoid falling in the first place, and to get up again if you do take a tumble.

Keep moving 

If you sit for long periods of the day, your circulation can slow down and you might find your joints feel stiffer than usual. This can put you at risk of a fall when you stand up.

If you have been sitting for longer than 20-30 minutes, think about getting up and moving about. Try these simple seated activities to loosen up in the morning before you start your day: 

  • Toe and heel taps – five times each foot 
  • Straighten knees one at a time – five times each leg 
  • Gently march your knees up and down for ten to 15 seconds before you stand 
  • Shuffle up to the front third of your chair and push up through your legs to standing; gently stretch your back and neck by standing as tall as you can. 

How to avoid a fall at home

  • Organise your home to keep climbing, stretching and bending to a minimum and to avoid bumping into furniture 
  • In the kitchen, move crockery and heavier items that you use regularly to a waist-high shelf 
  • Mop up spillages straight away so there is no risk of slipping 
  • Take care when getting up in the night to go to the bathroom. Have a lamp with a switch nearby to light your way. Use high-wattage light bulbs 
  • Remove trip hazards like clutter, trailing wires, frayed carpet and remove rugs 
  • Use non-slip mats, or put a carpet grip underneath 
  • Use a grip mat in the bath and shower, and if you have them, grab rails for getting in and out 
  • Avoid long, trailing clothes that might trip you up. Tack up a hem or put a belt around your waist and pull the excess material over the belt 
  • Wear well-fitting slippers and shoes in good condition that support the ankle and have a good grip. Avoid walking on slippery floors in socks or tights.

If you should fall, lie still for a minute, stay calm and check for injuries. If you are unhurt and think you can get up there are some steps you can take.

  

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