How to prevent falls
Exercising and increasing your strength and balance can help to prevent falling. You can find some gentle exercises to promote your wellbeing here -http://www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/Exercises-for-older-people.aspx
Healthy Norwich has a video outlining the benefits of an active lifestyle which you can view here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mn1mu__HaLE
A good way to start exercising at a slow pace and working up to vigourous exercise is through the Couch to 5k programme. The NHS has a guide to this and podcasts to help motivate you along the way - http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/c25k/Pages/couch-to-5k.aspx
You can find a video discussing the importance of excercising during older age here - http://www.nhs.uk/video/Pages/Stayingactiveover60.aspx?searchtype=Tag&searchterm=Older+people__Wellbeing&offset=1&
Norwich Community Green Gym
Keeping your home tidy and clutter free can help to prevent trips. An uneven ground, with obstacles like rugs and mats, can cause someone who finds it more difficult to pick up their feet to stumble and fall. You can find some tips about keeping the home free of risks here - http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Falls/Pages/Prevention.aspx.
Norwich Home Improvement Service
Norwich Home Improvement Service provides advice and support to people to identify repairs, adaptations or improvements needed to make their home a warm, safe, and secure place. This may be for major or minor works including disabled adaptations, and obtaining necessary funding. The service is tailored to the client’s needs.
For further advice and help please contact Norwich City Council, Home Improvement Team, Private Sector Housing, City Hall, St Peter’s Street, Norwich NR2 1NH
Telephone: 0344 980 3333 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday
The Broadland Handyperson+ Service will carry out a range of small household repairs and minor adaptations. They offer a range of household checks to ensure safety and warmth. They will also provide information, advice and guidance and can support and refer the beneficiary to other help available e.g. community activities, home help and companionship services, advocacy, benefit claims, health and legal services or financial management.
The service is available for anyone over 65 years old but is particularly aimed at those with long term health conditions, including dementia. Labour will be free of charge for people aged over 65 who fulfil the ‘free’ criteria. The householder just pays for, or provides, the materials needed for the job.
Over 65’s not eligible under the free criteria can still receive the service at a competitive rate of £12 per hour.
A number of grants are available to fund minor adaptations for people diagnosed with dementia and to subsidize materials for those people eligible for free labour.
For more information about this service, please call: 01603 430518
Door to Door Service
If you or someone you know struggles with travelling within Norwich, there's a service that may be able to help you. Norwich Door2Door can help transport people around Norwich, including to community health care appointments. Please note, the service does require a small fee, and cannot transport people to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. You can find more details here -http://norwichdoortodoor.org.uk/
Eating poorly can lead to obesity and poor bone health, both of which are likely to put you at a higher risk of falls. Norfolk's Living Well scheme can direct you to services that can help you to develop a better diet and potentially decrease your risk of falls. http://www.norfolkslivingwell.org.uk/i-want-to-be-healthier/my-weight/
If you're struggling to eat healthily and keep it cheap, NHS choices has ten tips that might help -http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/eat4cheap/Pages/cheap-food-shopping.aspx.
http://www.norfolkcommunityhealthandcare.nhs.uk/Default.aspx?locid=01f00200z011 Norfolk Community Health and Care have created a handbook, providing you with information, ideas, simple exercises and advice to help you prevent falls at home. The Falls handbook can be found at the bottom of the linked page under the documents section.
Depending on the person's abilities, there may be a range of equipment that could help to reduce the risk of falls. For people with dementia, this guide may be quite helpful in instructing them/their carers about what equipment is available and how it can be accessed. - http://www.fastuk.org/pagedocuments/file/Getting%20equipped%20to%20tackle%20forgetfulness(1).pdf
Equipment and alarms for carers can help to lessen the risk of falls. Equipment and alarms can also be used to help promote the independence of the individual, while ensuring they are able to call for help if necessary. More information can be found here - http://www.nhs.uk/carersdirect/guide/practicalsupport/pages/othersupport.aspx
Quitting smoking, eating healthily and getting regular exercise can all help reduce the risk of falling. Living Well is a Norfolk-based campaign which aims to help people to improve their health and wellbeing, and provides information on services within Norfolk. This can be filtered to focus in on norwich-based services. You can find Living Well's website here - http://www.norfolkslivingwell.org.uk/