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We can help you maintain your strength and balance and avoid falls. If you have already taken a fall we can help you to regain your mobility, confidence and independence.

What is Dudley Falls Prevention?

An innovative partnership providing an integrated falls prevention service. The service consist of:

  • Dudley Council’s adult social care and public health services
  • Dudley Integrated Health and Care NHS Trust (DIHC)
  • The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust

Who is Dudley Falls Prevention for?

Anyone aged over 18 who is concerned about falling. Help is on offer so that you can continue to live an independent, safe and active life.
We support anyone who is:
  • Simply keen to maintain strength and balance to avoid a fall
  • Feeling a little unsteady on their feet and worried they are going to fall
  • Recovering from a fall and lacking in confidence
  • Falling more often and don’t know why
We help adults who live in Dudley borough, or who are registered with a clinical commissioning group GP located in Dudley borough. You can contact us directly or ask for a referral via your nurse of GP.

What help is provided?

Help and support is tailored to each person’s unique needs. We will look at reasons you may be stumbling or falling and will support you to make changes that will reduce your risk of falling.

Support can include:

  • strength and balance exercises, healthy lifestyle information and advice, exercise and fitness programmes at Healthy Hubs
  • community falls advisors visit you at home and provide tailored advice and support
  • support from a specialist falls team made up of community falls specialist nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and specialist pharmacists
  • more in-depth support from a consultant led falls clinic

Key areas we might look at with you include:

  • improving your strength and balance
  • home adaptations, helpful gadgets and home safety equipment
  • safe use of medicines
  • protecting your bones
  • staying fit and well through exercise
  • eating and drinking well
  • improving your confidence to get out and about

Top tips to reduce the risk of falls in cold/icy weather

We all want to avoid falls but in the cold and icy winter months the risks of falling increase. Here are some tips to prevent falls and keep safe and well in winter:

  • Think twice before going out - avoid it if you can. Keep a stock of long life food, drink and medication at home
  • Keep your home warm
  • Keep moving at home when its cold, keeping joints, muscles and circulation working
  • If you have no choice but to go out, try and get someone to go with you. Wear sensible shoes with a good grip
  • Be especially careful walking on thawing snow or ice - it can hide icy surfaces

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