Anyone who has fallen, especially as an older adult, knows how quickly this can happen. And once you start falling of course, there’s very little can stop you. In our experience with our families and working with older people for over 15 years at Home Instead Bolton, we’ve seen many times, how taking a fall can set off a chain of events that can lead to a serious and sometimes life changing impact on health and wellbeing.
So, with falls, we believe the best thing is to concentrate on prevention. Fortunately, there’s lots of things we can do both for ourselves, and in the environment at home and outside that can massively help. In this article, we are going to look at some great and easy preventative measures that can really help and hopefully keep you on your feet!
Are you at risk of falling?
It’s true that anyone of any age can be at risk of falling. As we get older our risk increases due to a number of factors. If any of these apply to you, it may increase your risk of falling
People can fall for all types of reasons, and some of the five most common are listed here below. Do any of these apply to you?
It’s so easy to fall if you are wearing old, worn-out footwear such as slippers, in the home. These often provide little or no support and it’s easy to lose your footing. In the home especially, this can cause problems. So, some simple steps can help.
There are lots of potential hazards in your own home, and this is where you spend the most time. Taking a fresh look at potential hazards can be really beneficial
There are resources that can help you with all of the potential hazards. These include your family, friends and the local health services such as your GP who can advise on managing your risk of falling. Also, in Bolton, the Age UK team have a dedicated falls prevention service and they can provide information, resources and also hold strength and balance groups across Bolton. Here is some information from Age UK Bolton-
In the aftermath of the lockdowns Age UK Bolton have now started offering Strength & Balance classes and activities once again. However places are limited and booking is essential in most cases. To Book Call 01204 382411 and ask for Niall or Laura.
Follow this link on the NHS web site for some great advice on falls prevention