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Falls can have a serious effect on your health and wellbeing, here are some top tips to help prevent falls.

1. Look after your feet

  • Make sure your shoes/slippers hold your foot firmly in place, and avoid narrow heels, open backs or worn-out soles
  • See a podiatrist if your feet are painful

2. Stay Well

  • Keep eating healthily, and don’t go for long periods between meals
  • Drink enough water – a safe range to aim for is about 3 pints total per day (4 pints in hot weather or when actively exercising) which includes all drinks taken
  • Always take your medicines on time and as prescribed. Are one of the side effects of these dizziness/light headedness, disturbed balance or drowsiness?
  • Be aware of changing weather conditions

3. Look after your eyes

  • Have your eyes tested regularly (every two years if under 70, annually thereafter) – it’s free if you’re over 65
  • Look after your glasses, and clean them often

4. Stay active, stay steady

  • Try to keep doing little things every day, it will help you maintain balance and muscle strength
  • Continue with any exercises you have been advised to do

5. Look after your home

Look out for hazards:

  • Worn floor coverings, or curled up edges of mats/rugs
  • Tripping hazards – including clutter, trailing cables, dark coloured pets
  • Poor lighting – on the stairs or at night near the bathroom
  • Low beds and chairs – make getting up a struggle
  • Slippy floors in kitchens and bathrooms
  • Keep your home warm

For further information visit NHS choices

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