“Falling is not an inevitable part of growing older” was the message being promoted by staff and volunteers from a number of Island Organisations during Falls Awareness and Prevention Week 2015 last week.
An enthusiastic team from the Isle of Wight NHS; the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service; Southern Vectis; People Matter Isle of Wight; the Independent Living Centre; Age UK Isle of Wight and the British Red Cross travelled across the Island visiting over 20 different venues over a five day period between Monday 21st – Friday 25th September.
The team were able to provide practical help and advice to support older people who had been affected by falling or who were finding it more difficult to get about. Help and advice included replacing worn ferrules on walking sticks and offering home fire safety and security checks or home visits to try to prevent falls happening.
Further events will be planned throughout the remainder of 2015 and into 2016.
In the meantime, if you have been affected by a fall, you can discuss this in the first instance with your GP so that your health can be checked. Age UK Isle of Wight and the British Red Cross can also offer free home assessments to help prevent falls happening and can be contacted at Age UK IW on 01983 525282 or the British Red Cross on 01983 522718.