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Falls

Falls are a common cause of injury, hospital admission, and even death in people of all ages, but especially in older adults. Older people are much more likely to have a fall, and the consequences of a fall can be worse. Falls can cause permanent disability, loss of independence, and loss of social contact.

Risk factors for falls

You may be at risk of falls if you:

What can I do to reduce my risk?

FallsMany falls can be prevented, by increasing your balance and strength, and by making your home and environment safer. Some of the actions you can take are:

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On the next page: Falls prevention service and programmes

Updated June 2016.

See also:

Disability aids

Getting into & out of a chair

Medication Management Service information

Page reference: 48264

Review key: HIFAL-31777