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Are you or your loved one at risk of a fall & what can you do about it?

According to the HSE, one in three adults is at risk of sustaining a fall related injury at any given time, and approximately 250 adults die from fall related injury each year.

Three quarters of fall related deaths occur among those aged 65 and over and the numbers increase significantly as people age and their mobility decreases.

Although falls are generally considered a risk that is largely associated with elderly people, there are other groups of individuals who are more vulnerable also.

People whose jobs involve working at heights, those who live alone, active people who explore the great outdoors are all groups who are not typically considered ‘high risk’ but who do experience falls on a regular basis.

So what can you do to minimise potential injury and accidents?

First, there are a number of measures that can be taken to prevent a fall. Making small changes around the home and workplace can significantly reduce risk. These changes could include:

  • Mop up spills as soon as they happen.
  • Remove clutter at home.
  • Tidy up stray wiring.
  • Use non-slip mats and rugs.
  • Ensure that lighting is sufficient to create good visibility.
  • Get help to do things that you might not be able to do safely on your own.
  • Don’t wear clothing that trails or could be trip hazard.

The next step is to ensure that, should an accident occur, you have measures in place to help you get assistance quickly and easily.

If you have a fall, try not to panic. Chances are you will feel shocked initially, so you should take your time in assessing whether you feel strong enough to get up and move around or stay put.

If you do feel able to move, you should do so gently as you may not be aware of the extent of your injury.

However, in a situation where you feel hurt or unable to get up, you follow the steps below:

  1. If you have a panic button, fall detector, Care Clip or equivalent, you should use the device to reach out for help immediately. If you have a device that connects to a monitoring centre, reach out to the monitoring centre staff and let them know you have fallen and are unable to move.
  2. Ask the monitoring centre to contact emergency services and/or somebody on your list of emergency contacts.
  3. While you are waiting for help to arrive, make yourself as warm and as comfortable as you possibly can. If you are able to move to a carpeted area, do so.
  4. Try to move regularly (even slightly) to help keep you comfortable and avoid getting pressure sores.

To find out more about the range of assistive devices such as the My Amie Pendant (Red Button Alarm), Fall Detector and Care Clip available from Tunstall Emergency Response, click here or call our helpful team on 1850 247 999.

 

 

 

 

 

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