Falls are a major cause of serious injury among older people and around 1,600 people need to be admitted to hospital each year. The aim of the day is to give people practical advice on how to prevent falls and give them tips and pointers on how to live a healthy and safe lifestyle at home.
Sally Hall, Occupational Therapist at Salisbury District Hospital said: "Many older people wish to live an active and independent life, and changes due to the ageing process and health limitations mean that some people are more likely to fall. However, a serious fall can shake people's confidence, so we hope that by raising awareness of environmental risk factors and offering advice leaflets, we may help to highlight what can be done."
Sue Sargeant Physiotherapist at Salisbury District Hospital said: "Keeping fit and healthy is important and there are a number of exercises that people can do to help strengthen muscles, increase flexibility, improve balance and maintain independence. It is also very important to wear supportive footwear and, if someone has a mobility aid, that they have had correct assessment and prescription for their individual needs. We will be checking people's mobility aids and exchanging worn ferrules if needed."
Mrs Hall said: " There are a number of things people can to reduce the risk of a fall and we will be available to provide advice and answer any questions older people may have about maintaining a healthy and independence life at home." Ends
For further information please contact:
Patrick Butler, Public Relations Manager, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. Tel: 01722 425170.