Falls can be devastating and the risk of falling increases with age. Having a fall can result in serious injury and is a common cause of hospital admissions. A fall can also reduce confidence and increase anxiety about future falls.
Age UK Cheshire’s Falls Prevention Team works to reduce the number of older people having falls in their homes.
By carrying out home visits to individuals and talks to groups, we are able to give general advice on how to prevent falling and highlight possible hazards found in the home which can cause falls.
The service is available to anyone over the age of 65 across Cheshire West and Chester.
A Falls Prevention Coordinator will telephone you to arrange an appointment to visit. During this visit, the coordinator will discuss any concerns you may have about falling in your home and look at possible causes including:
- Vision and hearing
- Personal care / bathing
- Hazards in the home
The Falls Prevention Coordinator may advise that you would benefit from making some minor alterations in the home such as the fitting of grab-rails. Age UK Cheshire cannot fund this work but they can put you in touch with a reputable handyman or suggest alternative ways you may choose to get the work done. All the advice we provide is free and Age UK Cheshire do not profit from any work you choose to have undertaken.
Anyone who feels an older person is at risk of falling or who has fallen can contact us – health and social care agencies, voluntary organisations, carers, relatives, friends and neighbours. Of course if you have had a fall or are concerned about falling, you can contact us yourself.
For further information or to make a referral please contact us using the details below.
Phone (Northwich): 01606 884446