How to reduce your risk of falls and stay safe at home

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Around one in three adults over 65 who live at home will have at least one fall a year, but many of these accidents are preventable. Fall-proofing your home needn’t be costly, it’s mostly about spotting small risks that can be easily and quickly sorted out. Following these tips can help to avoid unnecessary injuries and hospital stays:
  • Remove or tape down frayed carpet
  • Replace worn-out slippers with ones that fit well
  • Clear clutter, especially in passageways, bedrooms and around doorways
  • Consider handrails around the house, including the stairs, shower and bath
  • Ensure the hallway and stairs are well lit
  • Put a torch by the bed, keep landing/hall lights on at night, using energy-saving light bulbs
  • A surprising number of people trip over their pets. Buy them a bright collar and a bell to alert you to their presence
  • Practise how to get up from the floor. If you do fall, it could turn out to be a life saver. Do this with someone present the first time you try it. There is a practical guide at the end of this booklet on how to get up off the floor / what to do if you fall
  • Keep your phone charged, switched on and with you
  • There are a range of care technology products that support people to live independently at home and give carers peace of mind, real-time information and back-up support if it is needed. To find out more, please contact your local County Council.
  • Your local Fire and Rescue service offers fire safety and security advice and support around health and how to reduce the risk of falls. For a free home visit, including fitting fire alarms contact your local Fire and Rescue Service.

Top Tips

  • Wear well-fitting low-heeled shoes and avoid wearing worn-out or loose slippers or shoes
  • Investigate walking aids and other helpful equipment as appropriate (Age UK and Citizens Advice have information and can provide financial help).
  • Accept you may not be able to drink as much alcohol as you used to.
  • Contact your GP surgery about persistent bladder or incontinence problems.
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