Tips and guidance to stay steady on your feet....
We talk to a lot of older people who are worried about falling over, or who have had fall and want to do everything that can to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
There are lots of reasons you may be more at more at risk of falling over as you get older, but we want you to know that there is help available, and lots you can do yourself and, in your home, to stay steady on your feet.
We, along with the NHS, local authority and voluntary organisations across South Tees have developed a special website you can visit that will give you lots of advice and information about how to reduce your risk of falling.
You can also answer some simple questions on the website, and it will come up with your own personal action plan that you can follow to keep you and your home as safe as possible. We’ve called this campaign ‘Steady on Your Feet’.
Our Top Tips to help you stay Steady on Your Feet:
Stay active – Staying active can help your muscles and joints stay strong – which will decrease the risk of falls. Its recommended that all adults complete two and a half hours of moderate intensity exercise per week, so things like walking, dancing or swimming are ideal.
Check your environment – Many falls occur within the home so it’s important to ensure you minimise the risk. Look around for potential trip hazards and tuck them away out of sight. You should also wear appropriate footwear on slippy floors.
Check your vision – It’s important to make regular trips to the opticians, especially if you feel like your vision has got worse over a period. They can also check if the glasses you wear are appropriate for you and give regular eye tests and advice.
Think about your medication – Some medicines can make you more likely to fall, so it’s important to follow instructions for taking any medicines you have. You could also ask your pharmacist for a medication review (if you are concerned about falling).
Some other things to watch out for:
Black outs – People sometimes blackout or faint, causing them to fall. If you can’t remember how you fell or you have suffered facial injuries, you may have blacked out. Make an appointment to see your doctor or nurse practitioner immediately.
Dizziness – There are many different causes of dizziness, but you may find that the following helps:
–Changing your position slowly and exercising your arms and legs before rising
-Sitting back down again and waiting until the dizziness passes before getting back up
–Standing still or walking on the spot when you first get up
To view the self-assessment tool and get more information and tips on falls prevention, please visit: steadyonyourfeet.org .
We can also send a hard copy of the assesment out to you. Just call 01642 257020 and ask for the Ageing Better Middlesbrough team.