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Falls prevention

 Falls prevention

Falls and fall-related injuries are a common and serious problem for older people. People aged 65 and older have the highest risk of falling, with 50% of people older than 80 falling at least once a year.  We all stumble or trip sometimes, but fear of falling can be a serious worry. Worry in this way isn’t unusual but it can lead to anxiety, isolation or depression.

 Our Falls awareness campaign

We wanted to reduce the number of people in Luton who experience a fall, so the CCG ran an awareness campaign in Autumn 2018. 
We worked closely with Healthwatch, the local council, community groups and support organisations such as Age UK as well as GPs and other health and social care providers, patient groups and the public to help people to understand the risks and how to prevent falls. 
 
How we engaged with local people:
  • A series of roadshows in September 
  • Press release which you can read here
  • Social media campaign
  • Posters, postcards and other communications artwork available at many locations including hospitals, GP surgeries, libraries
  • Adverts in community publications.  

Follow our 6 steps to avoid a fall 

1. Regular exercise

Exercise can help reduce the risk of falling. Reduce the time spent sitting and take regular walks in the garden or the street to improve muscle strength. See NHS for tips on:
Find activities and classes near you

2. Check your eyesight and hearing

Keep your eyes healthy. Avoid smoking as smoking can increase the risk of cataracts. See your optician regularly. Hearing problems can affect your balance so see your GP if you need a hearing test.
Find an opticican
Find a GP

3. Ask about your medicines

It's important to review your medication regularly. Low blood pressure and poorly controlled diabetes can cause you to feel dizzy or faint and can contribute to a fall.
Read advice about medicines

4. Look after your feet

Wash your feet daily to help prevent infection. Keep your toe nails short. See a GP or chiropodist about any problems with your feet.
Read about footcare for older people

5. Check your home for trip hazards

Remove clutter from around the home, the stairs and in the hallway. Don't wear trailing clothes that might trip you up.
Read the home safety checker from Age UK

6. Visit your GP if you've had a fall

If you've fallen, a visit to your GP can help prevent any future falls.?
Find a GP

What else can you do to prevent a fall?

You can take a self assessment test to see if you're at risk of falling - just answer a few simple questions.
Download the falls prevention self assessment form
You can also download a practical guide to healthy ageing from NHS and AGE UK.
download a guide to healthy ageing

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