Help us prevent falls

Published: Thursday 26th June 14

Share your experiences and help us improve our falls and bone health services at a special event next month.

Around a third of people over 65 who live at home will have at least one fall a year and of those around half fall more frequently.

Most falls do not cause serious injury, but a few do. They also knock people’s confidence and make it harder for older people to retain their independence. However, falls can be prevented.

The council’s public health team and the Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group will be listening to people’s experiences of falls and osteoporosis and gathering views about the services on offer in the borough to see how they can be improved.

The joint falls event will be at the Penfold Centre in Wandsworth on July 17 between 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Free lunch will be provided.

In particular we would like to hear from anybody who is:

  • over 50, living in Wandsworth or registered with a Wandsworth GP, who has had a fall or fractured a bone as a result of a fall.
  • carers of people who have used falls and bone health services in Wandsworth .

If you would like to go contact Jan O’Brien on (020) 8871 5155 or janice.o’brien@wandsworthccg.nhs.uk.  You can also register online.

You can find more advice, information and top tips on Age UK’s website and advice on falls, including advice for carers, on the NHS Choices website.

If you are worried about falling or have had a fall speak to your GP or contact the Integrated Falls and Bone Health Service at St John’s Therapy Centre for a free falls risk assessment on (020) 8812 4079.

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