Within the care system, preventing falls in older people has an increasingly high priority as falls and fall-related injuries are a common and serious problem for older people. Here we explain who can help in preventing falls and identify common causes of falls and how to deal with them.
If you're wondering what kind of help would be best for your relative or friend, our Care advice tool can give you some guidance about housing options, day-to-day living arrangements and how to pay for care.
Use our Care services directory to find care homes and domiciliary care anywhere in the UK. You can also find support groups for people affected by dementia.
In this guide
You want to do everything possible to reduce the chances of your relative falling again. This may require a care plan that involves either private or NHS support.
Several factors can cause a fall, including how older people move, sit and stand. We have advice on common hazards in the home.
Stairs are a particular risk area for falls - we list common hazards and how to reduce the risk of falls on stairs.
We give you practical tips to reduce the risk of falls at home, such as what to wear and how to make the home environment safer.
Richard’s mother Dinah is 100 and lives in her own house in southwest London, 200 miles away from him in Yorkshire.
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Frank’s mother-in-law suffered a series of falls after which Frank ensured that her house was as hazard free as possible.
Read Frank O.'s story