Avoiding slips, trips and falls
We all suffer falls occasionally but as we get older we are more likely to have a fall.
An 85-year-old is five times more likely to have a fall than a 65-year-old.
Many falls, particularly among older people, result in hip fractures. Following a fall people often fear it will happen again and these leads to a loss of confidence which limits their daily activities and threatens their independence.
If you have suffered a fall it’s important to tell someone – your GP, your family, a friend or neighbour, and make sure you get some help. There are many ways you can reduce your risk of falling.
Why do people fall?
The most common reasons why people fall are:
- A medical condition
- Side effects of medication
- The wrong footwear
- Foot problems
- Poor vision or hearing problems
- Lack of exercise
- Hazards in the home such as poor lighting, rugs and mats
- Uneven pavements.
Top tips to prevent falls
There are lots of simple steps you can take to prevent falls.
- Keep as healthy and active as possible. Follow a balanced diet and drink plenty of fluids. Do some exercise every day if you can
- Ask your GP to review your medication every six months and report any side-effects such as dizziness and drowsiness
- Check your home for hazards. Keep wires and cables out of the way; make sure stairs and landings are well lit and free from clutter. Consider having additional handrails fitted.
- Always use your walking aids such as a stick, frame or trolley. If possible keep items within easy reach to avoid climbing, bending and stretching
- Take care of your feet and make sure shoes and slippers fit you well
Community Alarm and Fall Detectors
The Moray Lifeline community alarm scheme helps you to live independently at home, giving you peace of mind by knowing you can call for help 24 hours a day.
The alarm is operated by simply pressing the trigger on the alarm button that you should carry with you. A signal is sent from the alarm unit in your home to the control centre where an operator will be able to speak to you. They will then organise any help you require. The Telecare service can also provide a range of fall detectors which are linked to the community alarm and will automatically dial for assistance in the event of a fall.
- Moray Lifeline community alarm
There are a number of Stable and Able groups in Moray, where members undertake gentle exercise to improve their mobility.
For more details contact the Community Care development officer on 01343 567142.
Aids and Equipment to Help You
For anyone with mobility problems, there are a number of services to help you