Your local NHS is sharing a series of helpful information and handy tips to support local residents through winter.
There are a range of guides that include practical advice on how you or someone you care for can help protect themselves and others from needing to call on local NHS services.
Over the next few weeks, the campaign is focusing on preventing a fall in and around the home. From trip hazards to wearing the wrong glasses, find out more about common causes of falls at home.
Falling as we get older is quite common.
Around one in three adults over 65 who live at home will have at least one fall a year, and about half of these will have more frequent falls.
Most falls do not result in serious injury, but there is a risk of problems, such as broken bones.
Even though most falls don’t cause serious injury, they can cause distress or embarrassment. Worse still, they can threaten people’s confidence.
‘Fall Proof’ is a 12-page booklet highlighting a checklist of actions to reduce the risk of falling, including sections on trip hazards, hydration, balance, blood pressure, eyesight and exercise.
The good news is there’s lots of things people can do to reduce the risk and stay steady on their feet. All these tips are available in one handy guide.
The guide is available online at: Improving your strength and balance and preventing falls – Mid and South Essex Integrated Care System (ics.nhs.uk)
You can also visit www.activeessex.org/able-like-mabel to access information on how to reduce your risk of falling by doing simple movements at home, keeping them strong and steady.
Look out for a range of guides and information about keeping safe and healthy as you can this winter.
If you’re ready to take action this winter to make sure you look after your wellbeing and that of your loved ones whilst also aiding the NHS, you can sign up for a free email series. Each email is filled with tips and advice on staying well during the cold months.