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June 18th, 2018

Falls are worryingly common among older people. Around one in three adults over 65 who live at home will have at least one fall a year, and about half of these will have more frequent falls.

falls prevention

This is concerning, as so many older people live alone and so, if they fall, they are all the more vulnerable. Those with a long-term health condition – as is the case with so many elderly people – are particularly at risk.

Fortunately, most falls don’t result in serious injury, but among frail and older people it can be difficult or even impossible to get up again without some assistance. After a fall, people often lose confidence and may become withdrawn and less independent.

So it makes sense to do everything we can to avoid falling.

Tips to avoid falls

There are lots of little actions that we can all take to help prevent falls. For example:

  • immediately mopping up spillages
  • removing clutter, trailing wires and frayed carpet
  • using non-slip mats and rugs
  • using high-wattage light bulbs in lamps and torches so you can see clearly
  • organising your home so that climbing, stretching and bending are kept to a minimum, and to avoid bumping into things
  • getting help to do things you’re unable to do safely on your own
  • not walking on slippery floors in socks or tights
  • not wearing loose-fitting, trailing clothes that might trip you up
  • wearing well-fitting shoes that are in good condition and support the ankle

Exercises to improve strength and balance will help, and are good for the health generally. This could include walking, or dancing. Gyms often offer special fitness programmes for elderly people. Having a regular sight test will ensure that you are seeing well.

A personal alarm system, such as wearing a call button, is an excellent way of ensuring help comes quickly.

You can ask for a home assessment for yourself or for a relative, and an expert will then come in and advise on changes that could be made to make the home a safer environment. The best way to arrange this is to initially contact the GP.

At DoCare, our support workers are well aware of potential trip hazards around the home, and will make suggestions to our clients about changes they can make.

We want to keep our clients as safe as possible – it’s all about prevention.

 

This blog was written by Kate Townsend, DoCare Field Manager. If you have a relative who you think would benefit from DoCare’s services, or would like assistance yourself, please get in touch. If you are interested in a rewarding career as a support worker, we would love to hear from you – please give us a call or you can apply online.