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Preventing falls in and around the home

Falls at home put you at serious risk of injury and can be fatal. It is a major cause of injury in older adults, and with an ever increasing life expectancy it brings challenges around lifestyle and health management.

There are many reasons why falls can occur, from using some medications, medical conditions and muscle weakness. This can lead to fear of falling and overall reduced mobility, participation and independence. We can assess the person’s daily activities, as well as assess their home environment and make recommendations for any home modifications that may benefit the individual.

Adapting or modifying the physical environment such as removing any hazards, adding any assistive devices and changing how/where activities occur to minimise risk are important aspects to preventing unnecessary falls.

It is worth discussing this with your GP to ensure there are no other possible medical causes resulting in falls. Considering the use of daily living aids such as grab rails, wheeled kitchen trolleys, toilet aids, bathing equipment, or a bed lever to assist getting out of bed can really decrease an individuals' risk of falling.


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