Falling is a common problem throughout our lifetime but as we get older the risk of injury from falls gets greater.
What can you do to help protect yourself from falling?
Make your home safer - Remove clutter from floors and stairways and lift loose mats. Avoid trailing flexes.
Look after your eyesight - Have your eyes tested at least every two years.
Take care with your day-to-day activities - Sit down to wash and dress, use a non-slip bath or shower mat, take your time and put on a light when getting up to go to the toilet at night.
Look after your feet - Wear well fitting shoes.
Keep active - Regular exercise such as walking or gardening will help your balance or strength.
Look after your health -Get the flu and pneumonia vaccine
Wear a pendant alarm
Get your GP or Pharmacy to review your medication
For more advice and information on falls and how to avoid them, please contact:
Senior Health Promotion Officer
Health Improvement Service
Telephone: 2563 5575
Falls Injury Prevention Nurse
2-8 Castle Street
Telephone: 9442 6100
Falls Prevention Service
The Ups and Downs of Falling leaflet
Help the Aged
Stand up for your Bones Osteoporosis - A Guide to Bone Health leaflet
First Connect - supporting people in later life to live independently in their homes and communities
Page last updated:04 February 2013