Reducing your risk of falling
As you get older, your risk of falling increases. Even if you're still active, you could have poor eyesight, slower reaction times, weaker muscles, or problems with your balance - all of which can lead to accidents or falls.
Tips to prevent you from falling
- Keep your home clutter and
obstacle free, especially stairs, so you can move around easily
- Use high wattage bulbs to provide good lighting
- Wear well-fitting shoes or slippers
- Get help if you need to lift something heavy
- Do gentle exercise to improve your balance and muscle strength
- Have regular health and eye tests
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet with plenty of calcium to keep your bones strong
What to do if you fall
If you fall when you're alone, get help and keep yourself warm. If you're worried about getting help, you may want to get a community alarm that you can wear around your neck. Pressing the alarm will alert our response centre staff and they'll ring you to see what's wrong. When you next see your doctor or nurse, tell them about your fall. They can check whether a health problem is causing you to fall and if it's likely to happen again. If it is, they may give you medication to improve your condition. Make sure you tell your family that you've had a fall so that they can keep an eye on you and make sure you get any treatment you might need.