Improving safety in the home can help prevent falls and injuries, whilst allowing you to continue to live independently.
In Cambridgeshire in 2013/14, around 2100 people aged 65 and over were admitted to hospital as an emergency with injuries due to falls. Just over 600 admittances were due to a fracture of the hip. Nationally, most falls in older people happen in the home, and the majority of fractures occur as a result of a fall from a standing height.
Falls, slips and trips are a leading cause of disability among the older population and can result in ill health, lengthy hospital stays, residential care, loss of independence, and greatly affect quality of life. There are steps you can take to reduce the risks.
Safe living environment
Adequate lighting can help to stop slips, trips and falls. Lighting is particularly important near steps, stairways and corridors. Replacing light bulbs which have stopped working, and using the brightest suitable energy-saving replacements so as much light as possible can get into the room, will help.
Night lights and sensor lights will make night time trips to the toilet safer.
Most falls happen in the home. Rugs, power cables and other items placed on the floor can all be trip hazards. All corridors, or walkways, should be clear of obstructions.
Exercise to improve strength and balance
The ChangePoint programme includes exercise classes and specialist falls prevention trainers to help people to regain or retain strength and balance, and reduce the likelihood of falls.