Falls are not an inevitable part of ageing. There are a number of ways you can reduce your risk of having a fall. This page contains information about local Steady and Strong classes, Better Balance for Life home exercise leaflets, Falls Friends awareness sessions and other resources.
- Steady and Strong
If you have not had a fall, you can sign straight up to Steady and Strong classes. However, if you have had a fall, you will need to complete the 12 week NHS balance classes first.
Steady and Strong is designed to help you regain and maintain strength, balance and co-ordination and help you to live independently for longer. Our Steady and Strong instructors have specialist training to deliver exercises proven to reduce falls. Regardless of your age you will be made very welcome – find a class near you and simply call one of the instructors for more details.
- NHS Balance Classes
If you have had a fall you should inform your GP who may refer you to an NHS Falls Clinic and NHS balance class.
- Better Balance for Life
These exercises are designed to take approximately 20 minutes and will help you to improve your strength, balance and flexibility – all which will help you to continue to be active every day and prevent falls. Ideally you should follow these exercises at least twice a week but you may find building them into a daily routine is easier.
Download our easy to follow Better Balance for Life exercises
- Falls Friends
Falls Friends sessions are one hour, interactive talks, designed for anyone interested in helping people to age well by avoiding falls. The sessions explore the potential causes of falls, such as medication, vision impairment and trip hazards and show ways to minimise these risks. Falls Friends sessions are open to anyone interested in understanding more about how to prevent falls.
The programme will be piloted in Rushmoor, the district with the highest recorded rate of emergency hospital admissions for falls in Hampshire.
Falls Friends sessions will be delivered by Falls Friends Champions. These will be volunteers or professionals who are interested in helping to increase awareness about preventing falls amongst their communities. Champions will receive half a day’s training, enabling them to deliver Falls Friends talks. This training is free and will be delivered in locations across Aldershot and Farnborough.
If you live in Aldershot, Farnborough or the surrounding areas within the borough, and would like to attend a Falls Friends session or become a Falls Friends Champion please contact 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 eye sight tested each year.
- 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.
- 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.
For further details about ways to reduce your risk of having a fall visit The NHS Choices website.
- More help and advice on preventing falls
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
Falls Prevention exercise video - Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
Get Up and Go - A Guide to Staying Steady - The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
A Practical Guide to Healthy Ageing - Age UK