Every year hundreds of thousands of older people in Wales suffer falls, and unfortunately some really hurt themselves.
While some falls can result in a physical injury, for many the implications can often be much wider as it can affect their confidence.
There are a number of everyday items or common activities which have the potential to lead to a fall at home.
Trailing wires, loose rugs and blankets draped over furniture are just some of the risks.
But there are many steps you can take to help reduce the chances of a fall, including:
The winter months can bring plummeting temperatures, alongside ice, snow and falling leaves, which can all increase the risk of a fall.
As much as we would like to continue with our daily plans and activities as normal, it’s important to be mindful of the weather conditions before venturing outside.
There are many steps we can take to reduce the chances of a fall during a cold snap, both around the house and whilst out and about.
Here are some tips to help reduce the risk of a fall outside:
Slippers are often a popular gift for elderly loved ones but it’s important to consider the style and fit of the pair you choose.
Footwear that is badly-fitted or loose can significantly increase the risk of a fall.
Choosing appropriate slippers that grip the foot well and have slip-resistant soles can help prevent the risk of a fall among older people.
Slippers that are backless, have open toes or a high heel should be avoided as they don’t offer sufficient grip or support.
Old or worn slippers should be replaced, as well as enclosed slippers that have had their heels flattened down over time, as they don’t provide suitable support.
Footwear with spongey soles also aren’t a suitable option.
Follow this link to access falls prevention information on the Age Cymru website.
Follow this link to find more tips about preventing falls on the Care & Repair Cymru website.
Follow this link to read more about preventing falls on the Age Connects Wales website.
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