Senior fall prevention

Senior fall prevention. Having a fall can happen to anyone! However, as you get older your risk of falls increases.

Falls can become recurrent later in life, which may result in injuries, low confidence and a poor quality of life.

Falls can occur as a result of:

  • Poor Balance
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Previous Injuries
  • Visual Impairment
  • Side Effects to Medication
  • Long-term Health Conditions

How You Can Take Action!

  1. Increase your activity levels
  2. Seek advice from a physiotherapist to improve your balance and strength
  3. Make your home safer
  4. Wear appropriate, supportive footwear

Physical Activity

Regular exercise each day can significantly reduce your risk of falls – this could involve some mobility exercises to loosen up in the morning, outdoor walking or specialised exercise

programmes at a local gym or fitness centre.

Weight-bearing exercises that involve you supporting your weight through your feet, legs or arms cain help you to maintain strong and healthy bones.

How Can Physiotherapy Help senior fall prevention?

  • Individually tailored assessment and exercise programme to improve mobility, strength and balance
  • Advice on the types of activity that are suitable to take part in
  • Empower you to take control of your rehab journey, improving your confidence and quality of life

Make Your Home Safe

  • Keep your home clutter free – reducing trip hazards
  • Lighting – keep your home well lit
  • Be mindful of thick carpets or rugs
  • Be aware of pets when moving around your home
  • Use non-slip mats in the shower/bath
  • Wear appropriate footwear with a secure back

Please follow the link below to watch a short video on some exercises you can try at home for senior fall prevention:

Further Information

If you have any questions about neck, back, shoulder or elbow pain and you would like to book an appointment to see a physiotherapist. Please click here to book. Book Online – Physioflexx Ayrshire

For all enquiries : Contact – Physioflexx Ayrshire on 01560 483200.

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