Tips to prevent falls


Some simple tips to prevent falls

Around one in three people over 65 and half of over 80’s will have a fall every year. Even if you fall and are not hurt, a bad fall can shake your confidence.

Most falls are the result of a combination of factors including physical health, mental health, poor eyesight, hearing problems, prescribed medications – which can have side effects, heart problems or sudden changes in your blood pressure, which can make you feel faint.

The good news is that falls are NOT an inevitable part of getting old, and there is plenty you can do to avoid them.

Exercise – Regular exercise such as walking, swimming, housework and gardening all strengthen your muscles, so you are less likely to fall and better able to recover if you do.

Get regular eye and hearing tests – You may qualify for free sight tests so make sure to ask your local optician. Your GP can also help to arrange a full sight or hearing test.

Visit the Chiropodist – Keeping your feet and toenails healthy and in good condition will help in your maintenance of overall good health. Conditions like diabetes or circulatory problems can all be picked up by looking at the feet.

Keep your doctors informed – Always tell the doctors treating you everything you’re taking, including tablets your doctor hasn’t prescribed but which you’ve bought yourself.

Make your home safer – install non slip rug pads under area rugs, place a rubber mat in the bath or shower, wear sturdy shoes or slippers inside, install brighter lights on your stairs and landing, mop up spills immediately, and keep things you use every day at an easy to reach level.