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Falls support services

There are a number of services available in Derbyshire to help protect you from falling, or reduce the chance of falling.


Strictly No Falling – Live Stronger for Longer

Strictly No Falling provides physical activity sessions that aim to improve your strength, balance and co-ordination in order to help reduce your risk of falling.

All sessions include seated and standing options.

We're funding the programme which is provided by Age UK Derby and Derbyshire in partnership with Derbyshire Community Health Services and wider partners such as district and borough councils, housing associations, leisure providers and the voluntary sector.

The younger you are when you to start to take advantage of these sessions, the better. But it's never too late to start. Look out for sessions which display the Strictly No Falling logo. They've been approved as suitable to help prevent falls.

To find out more about these sessions, or to get support please email: administration@ageukdd.org.uk or tel: 01773 766922.

Community alarms and telecare

Sometimes known as pendant alarms, community alarm systems have a pendant or wristband you can wear that connects to a telephone line through a base unit. If you need help, for instance if you have fallen or you feel unwell, you can press the button on the pendant or wristband to call for assistance.

Alongside basic alarms, a range of telecare equipment may be available. Various telecare sensors, which can be placed throughout the home or worn on the person, can alert a carer or monitoring service if they detect a problem.

Find out more about community alarms and telecare.

Derbyshire Falls Alert Service (FAST)

If you do have a fall it's important that you are able to alert someone so you can get help quickly.

Our falls alert service offers a 24 hour per day home safety system which incorporates telecare sensors and a response service:

  • a sensor that is worn around the waist, which can detect if you fall
  • a bed sensor - that detects when you have got out of bed and automatically switches a bedside light on for you

If either of these alarms are activated someone will contact you to check you're safe. If you've fallen they can alert a response team to help you.

You'll be able to speak to the response team through a speaker system, so you won't need to worry about trying to get to the telephone.

Our response team is made up of trained people who can use specialist equipment to lift you from the floor safely if needed.

The service can make a real difference to your life in maintaining independence and also giving support to family and carers.

The home safety package is available to all Derbyshire residents. The package of telecare equipment is free and has a monitoring cost, payable by you for £2.50 week (that's just 36p per day).

Please contact your local provider:

  • Amber Valley tel: 0300 456 2531
  • Bolsover tel: 01246 242309
  • Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire tel: 0300 323 0076
  • Derbyshire Dales and Erewash tel: 01332 417554
  • High Peak tel: 0345 129 4877
  • South Derbyshire tel: 01283 228789

The Derbyshire Handy Van service

The Handy Van service will install equipment and can carry out a wellbeing check to advise of potential hazards in your home.

If you'd like more information on this service, and for the contact details of your local provider. Contact the Handy Van service, tel: 0203 535 4999.

Saga Get Up and Go - a guide to staying steady

Saga have produced a guide to help prevent falls. It is attached to this page.

The guide has top tips on preventing falls, including advice on fall-proofing your home, avoiding falls while out and about, exercises you can do to improve balance and what to do if you fall and can't get up.