In the run up to Christmas, Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust is encouraging people to stay falls-free.

The Trust’s falls’ prevention team has come up with some top tips to help people across the district stay on their feet during the icy weather.

Sharon Bond, Falls Co-ordinator at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, said “one in three people over the age of 65 and half of people over 80 fall at least once a year, and we want to provide people with some tips to try and reduce this number.”

The Care Trust’s falls’ prevention team works in partnership with lots of organisations, to reduce the number and severity of falls amongst the ‘high risk’ group of older people.

Top tips to avoid falling in the winter months include: if you don’t need to go out in the snow and ice don’t; wrap up warm; wear a hat and scarf; wear gloves so you can keep your hands out of your pockets to help with your balance; keep your vision sharp by wearing your glasses to see clearly;  and finally, wear sturdy footwear with a good grip.

For further tips visit http://www.bdct.nhs.uk/stay-well-this-winter.