Walk and Live Confidently (WALC) - Avoiding falls

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Falls are the main reason why older people lose their independence - are you at risk?

If you have had 2 or more falls in the last 12 months

OR

if you answer YES to 3 out of the 5 options below, then please refer to the falls service:

1. Have you fallen in the last year?
2. Are you taking 4 or more medicines?
3. have you had a stroke or been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease?
4. Have you had any problems with your balance or walking?
5. Do you have difficulty getting up from a chair?

How to refer to the falls service?
Simply call: 03000 030 050

When we answer your call we take some basic details and arrange for one of our experienced therapists to call you back at a mutually agreeable time.


How to keep yourself safe

1. Check your home for hazards

• Hard to reach items
• Wet surfaces
• Poor lighting
• Clutter and trip hazards
• Poorly placed furniture
• Stairs - loose or worn carpets
/ broken or missing hand rails
• Loose rugs or mats (especially
on a slippery floor).

5. Stay hydrated

• 8 drinks a day is the
recommended intake. It
reduces falls and urinary tract
infections. It improves the
effectiveness of medication
and brain function.

2. Exercise regularly

• It strengthens muscles, keeps
joints supple and improves
balance.

6. Get your eyes tested.

You are entitled to a free annual
review if over the age of 60.

3. Eat healthily

• Consume the recommended
daily allowance of vitamins
and minerals (especially
vitamin D and iron)
• Starchy food to maintain
adequate energy intake and
protein to maintain muscles.

7. Look after your feet.

Make sure you have well fitted
footwear with adequate grip.

4. Avoiding alcohol

Alcohol increases the risk of
falling - best avoided.

8. Hearing

If you have concerns about
your hearing – then have it
checked.






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