Falls Prevention

There is information and support available to help prevent falls.

Every five hours an older person is killed by an accidental fall in the home. Over 300,000 older people are so seriously injured by a fall in their home that requires hospital treatment.

Usually two or more risk factors interact to cause a fall, for example poor balance and low vision. The combination can result in a trip, followed by a fall going up a single step. Home or environmental risk factors play a role in about half of all falls.

Making small changes in your home or having a heath check up, can make a big difference in helping to prevent accidents resulting in a fall.

NHS Choices† provides information on falls prevention including:-
  • Avoiding falls at home
  • Advice for older people
  • Strength and balance training
  • Medication review
  • Sight test
  • Home hazard assessment
  • Vitamin D and calcium
  • Alcohol

You may also find our information in the equipment section of use.

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