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Date: 20 September 2021
Falls Awareness and Prevention Week – September 2021
The IOW NHS Trust Falls Prevention Team alongside other Island services will be visiting a number of venues from Monday 27th September to Friday 1st October. If you, or a family member, are concerned about falling and would like to talk to a member of the team, this is a great opportunity to access information, advice and assistance.
Please be aware that we will be implementing appropriate measures to maintain the safety of visitors and staff including politely requesting that visitors wear a face mask whilst inside the venue (except where exempt).
All visitors will be required to book an appointment at a chosen venue in advance. If you are struggling to leave the house, we will also be able to offer you a telephone appointment. For further enquiries and to book an appointment (community venue and telephone), please contact the Falls Prevention Team on (01983) 822099 ext 5353.
|Monday 27th September||Ryde Village, Woodland View, Ryde, PO33 2DG||First appointment 10:30 last appointment 11:30|
|Tuesday 28th September||St John's Church Hall,St John's Road, Newport PO30 1LN||First appointment 10:00 last appointment 12:00|
|Wednesday 29th September||St Saviours Holy Family Centre, Weston lane, Totland, PO39 0HE||First appointment 10:30 last appointment 11:30|
|Wednesday 29th September||East Cowes Town Hall, York Avenue, East Cowes, PO32 6RU||First appointment 13:30 last appointment 14:30|
|Thursday 30th September||The Broadway centre, The Broadway, Sandown, PO36 9GG||First appointment 13:30 last appointment 16:00|
|Friday 1st October||St Margaret's Hall, Lowtherville Road, Upper Ventnor PO38 1BJ||First appointment 10:00 last apppintment 11:30|
Sustaining a fall is something that can happen to any person of any age and usually occurs accidentally for example when playing sport or slipping on mud. However as people grow older, it is not unusual for a fall to happen whilst the person is participating in a much lower risk activity such as walking around the home or standing up from a chair. Such falls must be taken extremely seriously as they can frequently lead to injury, a loss of confidence or worries about the person’s independence. It’s important to be aware that falls of this nature are usually linked to an underlying health condition and are not a natural part of ageing.
The positive news is that there are plenty of simple things we can do to look after our health and enable us to stay steady and safe.
Look after yourself
Eating well, keeping active and taking care of your mental health are all important aspects of self-care and will support health and wellbeing in later life. For further information go to Live Well - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
If you have had a fall or are worried about your balance or any other aspects of your health, please speak to your GP or health care professional. They may want to check some of your readings such as your blood pressure or request a blood test or review your medications.
To keep you safe, view each of the sections below for further information to help prevent falls.