Falls Prevention

Live a full and independent life without the worry of falling with Steady and Strong, Steady and Strong Dance, Falls Friends and a range of other resources.

Steady and Strong

Steady and strong logoPhysical activity, including strength and balance, is vital for healthy ageing. Steady and Strong classes are designed to help people over 65 to improve strength and balance, helping you to live independently for longer and avoid falls. Exercises are done both seated and standing, with chair support for those who require it.

Find your local Steady and Strong class and call the instructor to book your place.

Steady and strong information leaflet

Steady and strong classIf you are not ready to attend a Steady and Strong class, there are strength and balance exercises available on the NHS Choices website that you can do at home.

If you have had a fall in the last three months you may be eligible for support through the NHS, which can include NHS balance classes. Please talk to your GP about local NHS falls services in your area.

Steady and Strong Dance

Steady and Strong Dance classes blend exercises proven to improve strength and balance with choreographed movements to create a fun and enjoyable class which you can adapt to your own pace.

The classes support people aged 65 and above to regain and maintain their strength and balance, which are vital for avoiding falls and living life independently.

Steady and Strong Dance instructors are all experienced in teaching movement classes to older people. They combine specific exercises proven to prevent falls and improve strength and balance, with the creativity and energy of dance.

No prior dance or exercise experience is necessary. Movements will be done both seated and standing, with chair support for those who require it.

Local classes:
The Point, Leigh Road, Eastleigh, SO50 9DE
Wednesdays at 2pm
Contact Tori Caine - 023 8017 0828
£5 per class
  
St. Boniface Church, Hursley Road, Chandler's Ford, SO53 2FT
Thursdays at 10.30am and 11.45am (two classes)
Contact Gabriel - 07440 419575
£5 per class

Romsey Abbey Church Rooms, Church Lane, Romsey, SO51 8EP
Wednesdays at 11.30am
Contact Tori Caine - 023 8017 0828
£5.00 per class

If you have had a fall in the last three months you may be eligible for support through the NHS, which can include NHS balance classes. Please talk to your GP about local NHS falls services in your area.

NHS Balance Classes

If you have had a fall in the last three months you may be eligible for support through the NHS, which can include NHS balance classes. Please talk to your GP about local NHS falls services in your area.

Falls Friends Champions

Falls Friends Champions are volunteers or professionals who increase awareness about preventing falls amongst their communities by delivering Falls Friends talks. The talks explain the causes of falls and how to reduce risks, to enable people to continue to live healthy and independent lives.

Falls Friends talks are designed for anyone interested in helping to prevent someone from falling. They explore the potential causes of falls; such as medication, vision impairment, trip hazards, hydration and how to minimise these risks. The sessions last one hour and are suitable for people concerned about family members or friends, or their own risk of falling.

Champions receive half a day’s training, as well as all the resources they need to deliver the talks. If you would like to become a Falls Friends Champion, please email FallsPrevention@hants.gov.uk.

Other steps you can take to prevent falls

  • Have your medications reviewed by your GP at least once a year. This is especially important if you take more than four medicines a day.
  • Have your eyesight tested each year.
  • Make your home safer by removing potential slip and trip hazards and ensuring rooms are well lit.
  • Wear clothes and footwear that you won’t trip over.
  • Drinking alcohol can lead to loss of co-ordination and exaggerate the effects of some medicines. This can significantly increase the risk of a fall, particularly in older people.

For further details about ways to reduce your risk of having a fall visit The NHS Choices

More help and advice on preventing falls

Prevention of Falls - NHS Choices

Get Up and Go - A Guide to Staying Steady - The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

How to reduce your risk of falling video - Age UK

A Practical Guide to Healthy Ageing - Age UK

Telecare - alarm systems and sensors to help reassure you and your relatives that you are safe in your home

Facing up to Falls - The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents