Falls Prevention Info For Carers

A sudden unintentional change in position causing one to land on a lower levelIntroduction. If you have had a fall, don’t panic.  While falling used to be considered a direct result of ageing and went untreated, we now know that many things can be done to prevent falls.  People under the age of 65 tend to fall due to environmental hazards but in the case of older people falls are more often due to a combination of problems.

As we get older our deteriorating vision and hearing, balance, strength and coordination can all contribute to falling while side effects from certain medication also play a role.  Additionally, as bone strength diminishes, we are more likely to break a bone such as the hip or wrist as a result of a simple slip, trip, fall or knock.  …more

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I’ve Had a Fall – Chart

A chart, for older people, showing what you should do if you have a fall.

Also on this site as a web page. 196KB web page

Staying Steady 

A leaflet from Help the Aged giving lots of practical advice on things to do to reduce your risk of having a fall.  132KB 

Healthy Bones 

A leaflet from Help the Aged that explains about bone health and why it is important.  Also gives advice on how to look after your bones, e.g. by eating a healthy diet and having a healthy lifestyle 140KB 

Repair With Care Service

This service, by the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, provides help with home repairs for older people.web siteFalls Prevention Leaflets from Occupational Therapy Reduce the Risk of Falls. A four page leaflet that looks at all aspects of falls, what causes them and how best to avoid them.  Includes practical tips on reducing your risk of having a fall.  104KB 

Home Lifestyle 

Looks at the whole home environment, highlighting common causes of risk and giving practical advice on how to minimise the risks.  128KB 

Travelling

Advice for reducing the risk of falling while travelling, including travelling by bus, things to look out for in accomodation and generally planning ahead. 132KB 

Non-Slip Mats 

Explains the importance of non-slip mats in baths and showers – for everyone!  Gives advice on choosing the correct type for your bath/shower, how to use them correctly and care advice.  88KB 

Grab Rails 

Advice on fitting and using grab-rails on a bath or shower including the different types, where best to place them and how to use them for best effect.  380KB ExercisesPlease Note: As with any exercise it is advisable to take it take it gently initially and build up gradually.  Please speak to your doctor first if you are not used to taking physical exercise or have any queries.  If you feel faint, experience chest pain or feel unwell in any way you should stop exercising and contact your doctor.

S.m.i.l.e. Exercise Programme

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead’s SMILE programme is an exercise and activity club for you if you’re over 50, 60, 70 or 80.web siteReferenceUseful Falls and Fracture Prevention Web Sites

Provides you with direct links to some very informative sources on falls and fracture prevention. Assistance Available if You Have had a Fall. Explains what help you can get from Social Services and other departments locally.

Physiotherapists

Explains the role of Physiotherapists, what they can provide and how exercise can help you to avoid having falls.web page

Occupational Therapists

Explains the role of Occupational Therapists and what they can provide to help those at risk from falls.web page

NICE Guidelines

Recent government ‘think tank’ NICE guidelines on falls.

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