How to reduce your risk of having a fall

How to reduce your chances of falling, where to get help and information, and support if you’ve already had a fall.

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.

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy has information about how to check if a person is at an increased risk of falls. You can download their booklet get up and go - a guide to staying steady.

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.

More information

Get more information about services to call for help in an emergency.

Find out how to get equipment to help with daily living in your home.

Find out how to get changes to your home known as adaptations.