Tuesday 27 August 2019

Top 10 tips for reducing your risk of falls

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At Garden House Hospice Care, we believe in providing our patients and their families with an opportunity to live the best life possible, by offering a wide range of services and education that not only educate, but optimise their quality of life.


Our Macmillan Rehabilitation and Wellbeing Manager, Sarah Bradfield offers her top ten tips on reducing your risk of a fall.

"Anyone can fall but the risk does increase with age and illness. However, falling is NOT inevitable. Doing a checklist to assess your risk is a good idea. You can find a very helpful booklet with a checklist and lots of other useful information at saga.co.uk/falls.

"Previous falls with or without injury are one of the biggest independent risk factors for falling again: if you have had a fall you should tell your GP and have a review if you have not already done so, there are lots you can do to prevent falling.

Here are my top 10 tips:

  • Regular physical activity to strengthen muscles, whatever your age, 30 minutes 5 times a week such as gardening, housework, cycling, daily walks
  • Review medication if it hasn’t been reviewed in the last 12 months
  • Have a regular eye check
  • Improve lighting in your home, avoid trailing cables, consider 2-way switches in any landing/hall areas
  • Never get up in the night without putting the bedside light on first, keep the landing light on overnight
  • Clear clutter and replace worn out slippers
  • Keep your mobile switched on, charged, and on you
  • Aim to eat 2-3 calcium rich foods a day
  • Accept you may not be able to drink alcohol as you used to
  • Ask your pharmacist about vitamin D supplements and get 10 minutes in the sun from May – September "


Helpful information, advice and support can also be found on the following links:

SAGA

AGE UK

NHS

RCOT

For more information about how to access our day services through the Hawthorne Centre, please call us on 01462 679540.

Information on the services we provide can also be found on our website