Description

Our Falls Prevention team works to reduce the number and severity of future falls amongst the ‘high risk’ population of older adults.

Our team work in partnership with lots of organisations who can all help you reduce your risk of falling, including West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

If you have had a fall or are at risk of falling in the future the district nursing service can offer you a falls assessment in your own home. This will be carried out by a community nurse and will consider the key risk factors that could contribute towards a fall. If you think you would benefit from this service please speak to your GP.

We also offer a falls prevention exercise service, giving you the opportunity to take part in a 16 week exercise and educational session that aims to reduce your risk of falling. Sessions are led by later life trained postural stability instructors and otago exercise programme leaders.

The team is often out and about providing falls prevention advice and interventions. You may have met them at your local shopping centre, community group, sheltered housing, day care, luncheon club or another older people’s service.

Contact

Telephone: 01274 322 184

Who is this service for?

This service is for anyone over the age of 60, living in Bradford and Airedale, who is at risk of falling.

How can I access this service?

You can access this service through a referral made by your GP or any other health or social care professional.

Where can I access this service?

The falls prevention exercise service is only available in North Bradford. All other elements of this service are available in Bradford and Airedale.

Avoid falling in the winter months.

Sharon Bond, Falls Co-ordinator shares her top tips to help you avoid falling in the winter months:

1) If you don’t need to go out in the snow and ice don’t.

2) Wrap up warm, wear a hat and scarf.

3) Wear gloves so you ca keep your hands out of your pockets to help with your balance.

4) Keep your vision sharp, wear your glasses to see clearly.

5) Wear sturdy footwear with a good grip.

6) Choose a well-lit route, avoid icy places out of the sun.

7) Walk slowly, consciously and alert that you could slip on ice.

8) Avoid carrying heavy loads that may cause you to become off balance.

9) Remove snow immediately frequently applying grip to prevent ice patches.

10) Ask for help.

You can watch a short video clip of Sharon sharing her tips.

We have more tips tips from a range of NHS health professionals to help you stay well this winter.