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Falls and fractures in older people

Am I at risk?

Age increases your chances of having a fall. 30% of over 65 year olds will fall each year. Half of these will fall again within 12 months. By the age of 80 50% of people will have a fall every year.


What are the consequences?

Falls are a major cause of disability, impairment and the leading cause of death due to injury in older people age over 75 in the UK.

As you get older your bones may become more fragile (Osteoporosis) and break easier if you have a fall. Osteoporosis affects one in three women and one in twelve men over the age of 50 in the UK.

The loss of mobility that comes with a fall leads to a loss of independence and increased isolation.

 

Top tips to prevent falls

Fallen recently? Worried about falling?

If you have had a recent fall or are worried you may fall contact your Doctor or Practice Nurse.

  • Ensure your slippers and other footwear fit you well and are secure.
  • Remove or secure rugs or loose bits of carpet which may cause you to trip.
  • Remove clutter from the floor.
  • Make sure flexes do not trail on the floor.
  • Mop up spillages straight away.
  • Make sure your house is warm enough.
  • Switch on the light when getting up in the night.
  • Do not climb up to reach things out of cupboards, have things on a lower shelf.
  • Use walking aids correctly as you have been taught.
  • Try to drink at least 5 cups of fluid a day and don’t miss meals.
Slips trips falls booklet cover
Download the Slips, Trips and Falls booklet which gives good advice on avoiding falls and staying healthy.

 



Help available

Handy Person Adaptations Scheme (HPAS)

HPAS does jobs like fixing loose carpets and fitting handrails that help to prevent falls and keep you living independently. Work is carried out by reliable and trusted trades people from the Buy with Confidence register.

Telecare

Sensors and monitors that can detect if you have had a fall and help to raise an alarm.

Disability Living Centre

Advice and information on equipment and making sure your home is safe to move around.

Benefits advice

Make sure you receive all the benefits you are entitled to to help keep your house warm and safe.

 

Other useful contacts

Age UK provides useful information about making living at home easier and safer.

The Notts50+ website provides local information and contacts on many areas including accident prevention, mobility aids and living independently at home.

National Osteoporosis Society - information on keeping your bones strong.

NHS Choices information on falls

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents working to prevent accidents at work, at leisure, on the road, in the home and through safety education.

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