A fall can be a huge setback for an older person and can potentially cause serious injury, or even contribute to a death. Falls cost the NHS more than £1 billion a year and account for 4 million hospital bed days.
A fall can often be seen as a sign in the path of decline for an older person but it does not have to be this way.
Help older people stay falls free
With proper guidance and support at home, older people can maintain their independence and stay ‘falls free’. Here are five ways to help stay falls free.
Regularly carrying out activities to improve strength and balance can help maintain or even improve your ability to do daily activities and reduce the chances of falling. Examples include using the stairs frequently, strength exercises with weights or resistance bands and Tai Chi or dancing.
Keep your home safe
One of the biggest causes of falls can be tripping over hazards such as frayed rugs or furniture obstacles in the way. Reduce your risk by keeping your home as clutter free and well-lit as possible. Read our tips on keeping your home safe.
Being in good health can really reduce the risk of falling. You should keep up to date with medical appointments and check your medications as some can cause drowsiness or dizziness, which may cause you to fall.
A healthy diet helps to maintain a healthy body and can lead to a reduced risk of falling. Try to eat a healthy balanced diet, reduce sugar and stay hydrated. Read more about our Stay Nourished campaign and eating well.
If you’re concerned about frailty or your mobility, a good first step is to meet your GP so they can assess your overall health and wellbeing. They can work with you to assess any vulnerabilities and advise on any aids such as a stick or walker which may help with daily living activities.
For more information on how to prevent a fall, take a read of our guidance.
Stay on your feet with Home Instead
If you would like some extra support for yourself or your loved one, Home Instead CAREGivers are here for you. Whether it is helping you keep up with medical appointments, keeping an eye out for any changes in health or helping you eat well and get to the local community exercise class.
Get started with Home Care today.