Prevent slips, trips and falls
There are ways you can reduce your risk of having a fall, including making simple changes to your home and doing exercises to improve your strength and balance.
Some older people may be reluctant to seek help and advice from their GP but all healthcare professionals take falls in older people very seriously because of the significant impact they can have on a person's health. Your GP can carry out some simple balance tests to check whether you're at an increased risk of falling in the future.
You can also reduce your risk by removing clutter, trailing wires and frayed carpet. Using non-slip mats and rugs and organising your home so that climbing, stretching and bending are kept to a minimum, and getting help to do things you're unable to do safely on your own.
The question 'what can I do to stop a fall?' is more relevant than ever. During the pandemic there will have unfortunately been deconditioning (a loss of physical strength) for some older people as a result of not being as active which may lead to a fall. However, that is not the only reason why a fall can occur. The animation below provides a reminder of all the things you need to think about to reduce your risk of a fall or the risk of someone that you know or care for.
We have lots of services below that can help you keep safe.
The County Durham Handyperson service can help with small scale jobs if you live in our county and are 60 or over, disabled, a victim of crime, at high risk of falling or you are vulnerable in other ways.
Care Connect is the 24 hour emergency contact service that provides our alarm service. The alarms can help you to call for help if you have an accident or fall at home. They help you feel safer at home, and remain independent for longer. They can also offer peace of mind to your family and friends.
Avoiding a fall
Falls are the number one reason older people are taken to the emergency department in a hospital. Most falls don't cause serious injury but they can leave you distressed. Age UK have a list of practical things you can do to stay steady on your feet. See Age UK: Avoiding a fall for more information.
Living independently - get help at home
Do you need help to remain in your own house? See our Help to stay in your own home page for more information about adaptations to your home, equipment to help you carry out everyday activities and personal care.
If you are a provider and would like support with falls prevention in your service(s), see our Support for adult social care providers page.