Falls in later life are also a common symptom of unknown health problems which need to be identified and managed. Unknown health problems can cause visual impairments, low blood pressure or can be the early signs of heart problems.
If you have a fall your risk of having another fall increases. Research has shown that further falls can be prevented by having a falls risk assessment carried out after a fall. This is important as you may not be aware of subtle changes to your health status.
Following a home assessment, an appropriate programme is planned with yourself, your family and carer (if applicable).
Recommended risk assessments after a fall include:
- An environmental check carried out in your home by one of our trained technicians. Environmental checks involve identifying hazards in your home which may cause further falls.
- An assessment of you ability to undertake all your daily activities around the home.
- Medication Review to make sure your medicines are not making you fall (i.e. side effects).
You may also need:
- A visit from an occupational therapists who will decide if you need any equipment e.g. grab rails, a second banister, or an alarm system to keep you safe.
- A physiotherapy assessment.
- A referral to other health and social services such as podiatry for feet and footwear problems or Care and Repair Services for help with small improvements to reduce the risk of accidental injuries and falls.
- A medical assessment at your local hospital.
If appropriate, we may offer you the opportunity to attend exercise classes which provides strength and balance exercises. The classes lasts a minimum of 12 weeks and are tailored to your specific needs.
We may refer you to a consultant Geriatrician at your local hospital. This is an important part of your programme.