Falls Prevention - Keeping Yourself Supported
If you are concerned about your mobility then the first step that you should take is to meet your GP so they can assess your overall health & wellbeing needs. Frailty isn’t always part and parcel of old age, so it’s important to rule out anything underlying that could be affecting your mobility or balance.
Your GP may refer you to a physiotherapist or occupational therapist who can work with you to assess any vulnerabilities and advise on aids which may help you with daily living activities.
There are many aids that are available to help if you are struggling with your mobility. A walking stick or a walking frame could be useful to give you assistance when moving around the home or outdoors. A stair lift or a wheelchair could also be helpful, as can aids such as a shower seat or bath lift.
If you don’t already have a railing on the stairs or outside your property, these can be useful to help keep your balance.
If hearing issues are affecting your balance, then a hearing aid could help to improve this.
Another useful item to have is an alarm device which is typically worn as a pendant around your neck, or on your wrist. If you have a fall at home, this is then pressed which can alert a family member or a caregiver.
We’ve put together a Falls Prevention checklist which can help you to remember all you need to make your home safer and stay well.
If you are looking for additional support, our caregivers can help you with jobs around the home, maintaining a clean and safe environment. Contact us today for more information about our Home Help services.