Life is a balancing act. Coming to class and practicing our balance exercises is a great way to begin a more balanced life! if you are a little slower or unsteady, our rehab class would be an ideal starting point, or if you would prefer, you could book an individual session. But there are other changes you can make to keep you firmly on your feet:
- Get a bell for your loveable, but ‘furry-trip-hazard’ pet
- Sweep up fallen leaves- they can become wet and slippery
- Wash down moss/ slippery paving stones
- Use non-slip mats and replace fraying carpets
- Tidy away wires and remove clutter
- Wear well-fitting slippers with non-slip soles
- Trim toenails regularly
- Have your eye sight tested regularly
- Check if any of your medication could affect your balance.
- Use lights when it is dark- especially if you go to the toilet in the night
- Understand that alcohol will affect your balance
- Keep moving! Stiff joints aren’t helpful!
- Being hungry or thirsty can affect your blood pressure / balance
- Hearing and ear problems can affect your balance- speak to your GP
- Tiredness is a contributor to people falling over
There is more information on Falls Prevention on the NHS Website
And also check out Age UK Health & Well-being area from the menu option
If you do have a Fall:
It is important to know what to do if you do have a fall…
If you are not hurt:
- Stay calm and take a few moments to collect yourself
Look for something stable to hold on to and use that to help yourself up sit for a while and rest
If you are hurt or can’t get up:
- Try to make yourself comfortable
- Keep warm – reach for a blanket or cover yourself with a coat or rug
- Try to keep moving
- Make some noise to attract attention
- Try to crawl to a telephone
If you, or someone you are caring for, have a fall and can’t get up, you can call 999.
Having a fall could be a sign that something isn’t quite right with your health but often it’s something treatable. Talk to your GP. Falls can have a serious impact on your health so don’t ignore them.