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Preventing falls at home

Did you know?
 

  • Salford has one of the highest rates of falls causing injuries requiring hospital admission amongst older people  in Greater Manchester
  • One in three adults aged over 65 fall at least once a year
  • This means there are around 11,667 falls by people over 65 years old in Salford
  • NHS England spends £15 million a year nationwide on fall-related injuries - and another £2 BILLION on hip fractures


Falls are serious at any age, but breaking a bone after a fall becomes more likely as a person ages. While healing, the fracture limits the person’s activities and sometimes requires surgery.


Even though bones do not break after every fall, the person who has fallen and broken a bone nearly always becomes fearful of falling again. As a result, she or he may limit activities for the sake of “safety.”

Several factors can lead to a fall including;
 

  • Loss of footing, tripping or poor balance
  • Changes to reflex speed
  • Problems with vision
  • Chronic medical conditions needing medication/being on a number of medications
  • Drinking alcohol

 

Falls are preventable

Older people can help themselves with five simple steps: checking medication, taking regular exercise, wearing the right shoes, having an eye test and checking for hazards in their homes and outside.

Wear the right shoes

Check your medication

Have an eye test

Check for hazards

Make your home safer

Check for hazards outside