Avoiding falls

There are things that you can do to reduce your risk of having a fall.  There are some simple changes you can make to your home and some exercises that can improve your strength and balance.

If you've fallen in the past, making changes to reduce your chances of having a fall can also help you overcome any fear of falling.

Tips to reduce falls

The majority of falls occur in and around the home. Most falls occur in the bedroom, garden and living or family areas as a result of tripping or slipping due to lighting and structural hazards.

While health and lifestyle issues are important to reduce your risk of falling, it is also important to minimise any risk factors in your everyday surroundings.

Find more information about preventing falls on the NHS Choices website including advice about common causes of falls.

Would you like help?

If you have had a fall as a result of a dizzy spell or blacking out, please contact your GP as this will need further investigation.

If you feel like you need some more help around the home or getting out and about you can read our our adult social care information.  We can offer practical support, information and advice about getting help around your home and equipment or adaptions that can help you to prevent falls.

The facts

If you would like to know more about the impact of falls in Lancashire, visit our health and wellbeing intelligence section. We provide this information as part of the Lancashire Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) that provides constantly updated research about health and wellbeing.