Falls service

Our community falls service is provided by a number of healthcare professionals including occupational therapists, physiotherapists and specialist nurses, who are part of an integrated therapy team, providing you with a number of services in 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, so it is very import that we try to prevent them 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.

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.

Making a referral

Health professionals should phone our single point of access on 01429 522500 to make a referral.

Contact

Stockton and Hartlepool
01429 522500