If you suffer a fall it can reduce your confidence and effect your mobility.
However, falls are not an inevitable part of getting older and many can be prevented by taking some simple steps.
Find out more about the main risk factors that can lead to falls.
If you're a professional, or volunteer, working with older people on a regular basis then find out more about the Ask. Assess. Act procedures. There are also a number of services available in Derbyshire to help protect you from falling, or reduce the chance of falling.
Strictly No Falling
Strictly No Falling provides physical activity sessions that aim to improve an individual's strength, balance and co-ordination, to reduce their risk of falling.
The programme is provided in partnership between our public health team, Derbyshire Community Health Services, Age UK Derby 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 contact our falls prevention activity advisors, who'll be able to help you.
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 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).
The Derbyshire Handy Van Service will install the 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, please contact Call Derbyshire tel: 01629 533190.
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.