Fall-related injuries for people aged 65 and over account for more than 4,700 emergency hospital admissions annually in West Sussex. Falls are not an inevitable part of getting older; there are simple steps you can take to help your loved ones stay steady, reduce their chance of falling, and prevent serious injury if they do fall.
Staying active helps retain muscle strength and balance, so West Sussex County Council have produced a simple guide of ‘Super Six’ exercises to encourage this. This can be downloaded from the West Sussex County Council website. Hard copies of the guide are also available from Wellbeing Hubs located across West Sussex.
Make sure they get their eyes and feet checked regularly. If you are aged 60 or over, you are eligible for free eye tests on the NHS.
As we age, we are more likely to be prescribed medications; it’s estimated that 36% of people over 75 are on four or more different drugs. Never stop taking any prescribed medication suddenly as it could affect your balance. Make an appointment with your GP and get medications reviewed annually.
A SAFER HOME
There are many things you can do to make your loved one's home safer. Clear clutter and tidy any trailing cables which could cause trips. Consider installing an additional banister on stairs, or rails in the bathroom to assist.
TELL SOMEONE IF YOU DO FALL
If your loved ones do fall over, it's vital they tell someone. Discuss any concerns with your GP if they’ve had more than one fall in the last year, or if they feel unsteady or dizzy when on their feet and walking.
KNOW WHAT TO DO IF YOU DO FALL
There’s lots of useful advice available online or by visiting your local Wellbeing Hub. Remember, if you fall and can’t get back up, dial 999 for help.
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