“With over 79,000 people aged 65 and over in Hampshire having experienced a fall in the last 12 months , we want to help people understand the causes of falls and how to reduce risks, in order to remain active and continue to live healthy and independent lives.”
Falls Friends sessions are one hour, interactive talks, designed for anyone interested in helping to prevent someone from falling and exploring potential causes such as medication, vision impairment, trip hazards, hydration and more. Participants could be family members, community members, friends or someone concerned about their own risk of falling.
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 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.
Anyone in Rushmoor interested in hosting a Falls Friends session or becoming a Falls Champion should contact Hampshire County Council’s Falls Prevention Coordinator at FallsPrevention@hants.gov.uk or 01962 846605.