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How can I prevent a fall?

Falls prevention

Regular exercise will help reduce your risk of having a fall.   Exercise also helps to:
  • strengthen muscles
  • maintain or improve fitness
  • improve balance
  • increase stamina
  • improve suppleness at any age
  • reduce joint pain.
 
The NHS approved Falls Assistant website can support you to assess your current balance level and choose the correct level of exercise (1, 2 or 3). The site contains videos for each exercise level to help you try the activities at home.
Avoiding falls at home – here are some tips for preventing falls in your home:
  •  immediately mop up spillages
  • remove clutter, trailing wires and frayed carpet
  • use non-slip mats and rugs
  • use high-wattage light bulbs in lamps and torches so you can see better
  • organise your home so you have easy access to things you need and to avoid bumping into things
  • get help to do things you’re unable to do safely on your own
  • do not walk on slippery floors in socks or tights
  • avoid wearing loose-fitting, trailing clothes that might trip you up
  • wear well-fitting shoes that are in good condition and support the ankle
  • take care of your feet. Trim your toenails regularly and see a GP or chiropodist about any foot problems

GET UP AND GO is a guide to staying steady.

 

Backward-Chaining is a sequence of movements combined together to help teach someone to be able to get down to the floor safely. Once learnt, in reverse, it can be used as a safe and effective way to get up from the floor. Regular practice in this set of exercises will ensure that you are able to get up from the floor if you fall.

 

YouTube video by the chartered society of physiotherapy.

Remember: If you are unsure what to do please consult an appropriate health professional, such as your GP or Physiotherapist, before starting a new exercise programme.