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Falls Prevention

Falls are one of the leading causes of injuries in older people and can result in hip and wrist fractures, dislocations, head injuries and bruises. Contrary to popular belief, falls are not inevitable and with the proper instruction older people can avoid falling.  For this reason, fall prevention procedures have been introduced.

Warning Avoid Slips and falls! Always use 3 point contact! Watch your step.

Warning Avoid Slips and falls! Always use 3 point contact! Watch your step.

In Australia, falls prevention programs are increasingly being offered in an attempt to reduce the number of falls and increase one’s self confidence in orientation and mobility. These effective programs give people the ability and independence to undertake everyday tasks in the safest way possible.

Falls prevention programs cover a range of issues such as: reducing risk factors, managing medication, foot care, strengthening and balance exercises, safety in public places, community mobility and coping after a fall.

Visit Stepping On to find out more information about these programs.

In addition to these programs, simple safety measures such as wearing slip resistant footwear, having regular eye tests, bright lighting, avoiding crinkled mats, making sure furniture is sturdy and steady, and regular exercise to strengthen muscles are other strategies that can also be used to avoid falls. However, if falling is a concern or an issue that may potentially arise, it is important to seek the advice of a doctor.

Public transport is becoming increasingly accessible and is catering to the needs of people who have difficulty with travelling safely. For information on accessible transport, boarding assistance, safe travel and more, please click here.