How to reduce your risk of having a fall
How to reduce your chances of falling, where to get help and information, and support if you’ve already had a fall.
Reduce your risk of having a fall
As you get older you’re more likely to have a fall and hurt yourself.
To reduce your risk of falling, you could:
- make changes to your home
- have your medication checked regularly by your GP or a pharmacist
- have regular eye tests
- do strength and balance exercises
Watch this video that suggests six exercises to keep your muscles strong and keep you moving, by The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
Where to get help
The Ageing Well Service can give you information and advice to improve your health and wellbeing. They can also suggest local services to improve your strength and balance. Phone them on 01273 322 947.
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy has information about how to check if a person is at an increased risk of falls. You can also download their booklet called get up and go from their website.
Age UK have a guide to falls prevention, which lists the steps you can take to reduce your risk of falling.
The council run a project called Active For Life to help people be more active. You can search for strength and balance classes, fitness classes and activities.
Find local organisations that support you to reduce your risk of having a fall, on the My Life directory.
What to do if you’ve already had a fall
If you’ve already had a fall, you should discuss it with your GP. They can do some balance tests with you to check if you might fall again.
Your GP can also refer you to the Brighton and Hove Osteoporosis and Falls Prevention Service.