Falls are more likely to happen among older people, and more likely to result in serious injury, such as broken hips.
Even without serious injury, falls can still lead to loss of confidence and independence, so falls prevention is very important.
- One way of preventing falls is to stay active through exercise, to keep muscles strong and maintain a sense of balance.
- You can also do things in your home to make falling much less likely.
- Make sure that it is well lit, there is no loose carpet on stairs, rug and carpet edges are securely fastened, there are no objects such as electric cables on the floor that you could trip over, and that shower and bath mats are slip-resistant.
- Also make sure that your footwear fits properly, and avoid wearing clothing that trails on the floor, which could trip you.