Reduce your risk of having a fall
As you get older you’re more likely to have a fall and hurt yourself.
To reduce your risk of falling, you could:
- make changes to your home
- have your medication checked regularly by your GP or a pharmacist
- have regular eye tests
- do strength and balance exercises
For help with strength and balance exercises, you can watch this video that suggests 6 exercises to keep your muscles strong and keep you moving, by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
Where to get help
The Ageing Well Service can give you information and advice to improve your health and well-being. They can also suggest local services to improve your strength and balance. To contact the Ageing Well Service phone 01273 322 947.
Age UK has a guide to fall prevention, which lists the steps you can take to reduce your risk of falling.
Brighton & Hove City Council runs a project called Active For Life to help people be more active. You can find strength and balance classes, fitness classes and other activities.
Use the Health and Adult Social Care directory to find local organisations that help you reduce your risk of having a fall.
What to do if you’ve already had a fall
If you’ve already had a fall, you should discuss it with your GP. They can do some balance tests with you to check if you might fall again.
Your GP can also refer you to the Brighton & Hove Falls and Fracture Prevention Service.
Get more information about services to call for help in an emergency.