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Prevent yourself from falling this winter

Posted on the 13th December 2017

With temperatures dropping dramatically this week and roads and streets slippery, older people in Lancashire are being reminded of the things they could do to reduce their risk of falling.

Health Professionals from Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s ‘Steady On’ service are encouraging people to take some practical steps to avoid or minimise the risk of falling and injuries.

Carolyn Hayhurst from the Steady On service at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

It’s important that people at risk of falling are aware of the things they could do to reduce their risk of falls. Anyone can fall, so by being aware of risk factors and making some small changes to your lifestyle and home some falls may be avoided. By taking positive steps to prevent falls you can preserve independence for longer.”

The service has also put together a list of recommendations:

  • Wear supportive footwear (including slippers) with non-slip soles and good tread
  • Make sure your home is well lit and clutter free
  • Keep a nightlight or a torch by your bed in case you need to get up at night to be able to safely see your light switch
  • Stay active as much as you can as this improves physical strength
  • Have regular eye tests and have your hearing checked
  • Use non slip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors
  • Ensure you take your prescribed medication at the correct times
  • Consider your risk of falls and adjust your activities to maintain your safety
  • If you or a friend has experienced a fall, inform a health professional or GP

The Steady On service work with members of the public to develop a care plan for those who have fallen or are at risk of falling. They also raise awareness and provide education to prevent falls to those living in Central Lancashire. To access the service for yourself, a relative or friend you can refer online by visiting www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/Falls-Prevention or by calling 01772 777999. If you have had a fall as a result of a dizzy spell or blacking out, visit your GP in the first instance.