July 27th, 2015 | News, Partner News | 0 Comments
District Nurses from Liverpool Community Health (LCH) NHS Trust are giving advice on how to avoid stumbles and trips in the home.
Falls represent over half of all hospital admissions for accidental injury, and can cause serious injury at any time of life. Every year, a third of all people aged 65 or over suffer a fall and the risk increases with age.
Kim Reid, a District Nurse in LCH says: “Falls are one of the most common accidents in the home. Not only can they lead to serious injury, but also to a loss of confidence and independence. We want to make sure that patients are given all the help and support they need to be safe at home.
“Simple steps like clearing hallways of clutter and wearing well-fitting, supportive footwear can ensure that the home remains a safe, accessible environment for those most vulnerable to slips, trips and falls.”
Top tips on how to prevent these very common accidents from happening include:
- Mop up any spillages immediately
- Remove any clutter, trailing wires or frayed carpet
- Wear well-fitting shoes that are in good condition and support the ankle
- Look after your feet by trimming your toenails regularly and visiting the GP or Chiropodist with any problems
- Avoid loose-fitting, trailing clothes that could trip you up
- Organise your home so that stretching, bending and climbing are kept to a minimum
- If there is something you may struggle to do safely on your own, ask a relative or neighbour for assistance
For more information and advice on how to avoid slips and falls, please visit our website: www.liverpoolcommunityhealth.nhs.uk.