A third of all older people aged over 65 will have a fall every year, and it can have a major impact on their lives in terms of physical and emotional wellbeing. However, falls are not an inevitable part of ageing, there are many ways to reduce risks. Our Falls Framework: Reducing risk and harm sets out our approach for preventing falls.
The evidence around exercise helping to prevent falls has been used to develop community-based strength and balance classes in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan by qualified exercise instructors.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has prevented the delivery of many of the health board’s face-to-face services, we are now offering virtual Stay Steady consultations and advice sessions via telephone and video.
Stay Steady clinics have been offered in a community setting for the last two years, and are aimed at individuals who may be at risk of falling. Individuals attending a clinic can undergo a ‘fitness MOT’, have a detailed assessment of potential falls risks and receive advice on how to maintain strength, balance and general health as they get older.
All of this advice and the assessment can now be offered through our virtual clinics, which are available to residents of Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. Email your contact details to the team or or call 02921 832552, and the team will get in touch with you within a few days.
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There are a range of exercises that can have a big impact on strength and balance which can reduce the risk of having a fall. Also, If you do have a fall, improving your strength and balance can make all the difference to your resilience and recovery.
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists have put together this short animation below highlighting 6 strength and balance exercises which, if done regularly, can help to reduce the risk of falls.
The health board has also produced a children’s book featuring a story about falls prevention and healthy ageing, based on the Steady On… Stay Safe campaign. It is designed for children and older adults to read and learn about falls together, highlighting the impacts a fall can have and some suggestions for ways to reduce the risks. Read an e-version of the book.