Prevention and wellbeing

Avoiding trips and falls - prevention and wellbeing

Falls prevention

There are a number of ways you can reduce your chances of having a fall, by some simple changes in your home and doing special exercises.

Top tips for preventing falls in the home include:

  • using non-slip mats and rugs
  • removing clutter, trailing wires and frayed carpet
  • organising your home so that climbing, stretching and bending are kept to a minimum
  • wearing well-fitting shoes that support the ankles
  • taking care of your feet by trimming toenails regularly or seeing a foot care practitioner

Read the advice from Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (link opens in new window) for more tips.

Exercise

Overtime our muscles weaken and can affect your balance. Exercising can strengthen your muscles. There are a number of ways you can do this. Have a look at Walk 4 Health (link opens in new window) plus our seated exercise classes, or contact physical.activity@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk to see what is available in your area.

Medication review and eyesight tests

Your medication should be reviewed by your GP annually. Some side affects of medication could cause you to fall or put you at risk of falling. Eyesight problems such as Glaucoma can also affect your balance so you should make sure you have regular eye tests.

If you have been having falls, it is important that you tell your GP who can carry out some simple tests..

Further information

Further information on falls prevention can be found on the NHS Choices website (link opens in new window). You will also find information about exercise and bone health, strength and balance training, medication review and sight tests. 

General wellbeing

As we get older it is important that we try to keep as healthy as possible. This includes:

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