Falls prevention services
Falls are not an inevitable part of ageing. There are a number of ways you can reduce your risk of having a fall.
- Steady and Strong
If you have not had a fall, or have recently completed 12 weeks of NHS balance classes, you can join Steady and Strong.
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
- 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