Anyone can have a fall, but older people may be more vulnerable and likely to fall, especially if they have a long-term health condition.
If you have experienced three of the five issues below, we would recommend that you get further advice and support around preventing future falls.
- Have fallen in the last year
- Difficulty getting out of a chair
- Balance or walking problems
- Taking 4 or more medicines
- Had a stroke or Parkinson’s disease
Falls are the leading cause of mortality in people aged over 75 in the UK. Falls have increased in Bracknell Forest over the last 5 years. Around 10-25% of people who have a fall will suffer a serious injury – such as a hip fracture. More information can be found here https://health.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/self-care-guide/falls/
Keep Safe Stay Well
This is a service designed to provide early help so that people stay as well and independent as possible, and has a particular focus on falls prevention. The service actively helps people to get what they need to keep safe and stay well.Keep Safe Stay Well - Falls Prevention Team | Optalis
FallsFree4Life - Here to help
As one in three people aged 60 and over fall each year, Slough Borough Council have commissioned this innovative free service.
FallsFree4Life is aimed at preventing falls entirely in those aged 60 and over in the Slough area. This is achieved by reaching out into the community to identify those that may be at a medium risk of falling often without knowing it.