If you have had a fall, or are at risk from a fall, our community falls service is here to help.
Our service is provided by a number of healthcare professionals including occupational therapists, physiotherapists and specialist nurses, who are part of an integrated therapy team. We will provide you with a number of services from within the community.
We work with other health care staff if you have either had a fall or help to prevent you from having a fall.
We know that a fall can have a major impact on a person’s quality of life, causing both physically and psychologically damaging effects. It’s very import that we try to prevent falls from happening.
The team will:
- carry out assessments at your home
- provide you with equipment and make adjustments where necessary
- provide you with an exercise programme
- work with social care professionals to increase awareness of falls
You will be referred to our service by your GP, community nurse or other health professional.
How to prevent a fall
You can do a number of things to help stop yourself from having a fall, including:
- wear sensible footwear
- have regular eye tests
- make sure your home is free from clutter – be careful of trailing wires and rugs
- make sure stairwells are clearly lit
- safety is just as important outside of your house as it is inside – uneven paths and slippery surfaces can cause you to trip or slip
- look after your feet with regular visits to a podiatrist and make sure slippers and shoes fit well
- try to keep active
- eat a well balanced diet with enough calcium and vitamin D.
There is more information about falls on our Living Well With Us pages.
Making a referral
Health professionals should phone our single point of access on 01429 522500 to make a referral.
Stockton and Hartlepool
Tel: 01429 522500