How to reduce the risk of falls

Published: 22/05/2019

Although anyone can have a fall, older people are more vulnerable and at an increased risk of falling, due to the natural ageing process.

Although anyone can have a fall, older people are more vulnerable and at an increased risk of falling, due to the natural ageing process. Falls can be fatal as you grow older, especially if you bang your head, can’t get up, or break bones. There are two main reasons why older people are more likely to have a fall:
  • Health conditions or medication that can cause dizziness or affect your balance.
  • Impairments linked with ageing, such as poor vision, poor balance or muscle weakness.
If you have a health condition or take medication that can make you feel dizzy or off balance, then we would strongly recommend that you speak with your local GP to discuss your concerns and alternative medication.

Impairments unfortunately come with old age, whether your sight, hearing or balance isn’t quite what it used to be, or you find that your muscles are weaker or you get stiff joints – it’s not uncommon. The most important thing is that there are steps you can take to help improve your strength and balance and reduce your risk of falling.

Exercise doesn’t have to be strenuous to help build your strength, even walking and stretches can help. If you’re enjoy being active, then you might find that dancing or another active class would work better for you. There are also many community and leisure centres that offer specialist sessions for older people, such as seated classes or active life classes.

Take a look here to find out more about over 50s activities in Central Bedfordshire:
http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/leisure/physical-activity/over-50s.aspx

Here at Bluebird Care, we understand that falls become a concern as you age, that’s why our carers are trained to prevent older people from the risks of falling. Our home carers can help to build confidence and reassure an older person that they can maintain a healthy and independent lifestyle at home, with all the assistance they require from our team. If you or your loved one is thinking about receiving home care, call the Bluebird team on 01525 713389.