Love your Bones Day – What to do to reduce your risk of falls?

October 20, 2020

Download our poster here, it tells you what you can do to reduce your risk of falls

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Did you know…

  • 1 in 3 people over 65 are likely to experience a fall
  • 1 in 2 if you are over 80
  • 30% of falls are preventable
  • Roughly 1 in 10 falls result in a bone fracture
  • We don’t want you to be in these statistics

What can you do?

Health

  • Ensure that you are drinking plenty, stay well hydrated and have a balanced, nutritious diet
  • If you are taking medication, when was this last reviewed? Consider a medical review
  • If you do not feel well, seek help
  • Look after your feet or get someone to help you
  • Regularly check your eyesight and hearing by a professional
  • Continence can be an issue for some, seek help if you find you are rushing to get to a toilet

Obstacles

  • Have suitable lighting in place
  • Remove any obstacles in your way
  • Ensure that you have things to hand that you need
  • Wear suitable footwear

Move

  • Stay active as much as possible
  • Build your balance
  • Strengthen your legs
  • Give yourself plenty of time when moving from lying or sitting to walking
  • Remain confident in your ability and try not to fear a fall
  • Consider the use of devices and aids to help keep you moving

Staff are available to provide you with further information, advice and guidance if you have any questions.

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