Local company Home Instead recently held an informative event in Ripon as part of Age UK’s Falls Awareness Week 17-21 June 2013. The aim was to get people to put their ‘best foot forward’ by keeping their feet healthy to prevent falls in later life. As well as keeping feet in good shape, the event covered a whole range of simple things that can reduce the risk of a fall.
Age UK’s Falls Awareness Week 2013 highlighted how important it is for everyone to keep their feet healthy in order to maintain mobility and independence throughout life. Foot conditions can result in foot pain, which in turn can cause problems with balance, walking and sensation in the feet – all of which can lead to falls. With around 30% of over-65s and 50% of those aged over 80 falling every year, Age UK called on older people to attend local activities during Falls Awareness Week to learn how to prevent falls and keep feet healthy all year round.
Home Instead who provide support to older people living at home wanted to share Age UK’s initiative and joined local charity Dementia Forward’s ‘Time Together Tuesday’ group to talk about falls prevention. Lots of information and advice was on hand as well as specific foot exercises to keep your feet strong and healthy.
Sheena Van Parys, owner of Home Instead commented” it was a great opportunity to get people thinking about their feet and many of the exercises that we demonstrated could be carried out whilst sitting in a comfortable chair. In fact the exercises were great fun, involving marbles and even elastic bands!”
Michelle Mitchell, Charity Director General at Age UK, said: “Foot pain and falls are not inevitable as we get older. There are lots of things that we can do to help prevent falls and keep our feet healthy throughout life – from simply having regular foot checks to wearing well-fitting shoes. During the Week, people were able to find out more about how to look after their feet and how to do simple exercises that could help prevent falls.
“Events such as Home Instead’s held in support of Falls Awareness Week are crucial in helping everyone understand how to reduce the risk of falling and how to maintain mobility and independence as we grow older.”
Home Instead is changing the way care is delivered in the UK. Their service is tailored to the needs of individual clients and ranges from companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, personal care, medication reminders, shopping and errands. The service is totally flexible to meet client needs and is available from as little as 1 hour to 24 hours a day or live-in, seven days a week. For more information call 01765 530400 or visit www.homeinstead.co.uk.
To download Age UK’s free ‘Staying Steady’ and ‘Healthy Living’ guides, and to find out more information about Age UK’s Falls Awareness Week 2013 visit www.ageuk.org.uk/falls or call 0800 169 6565.