The more details you can remember about a fall, the easier it is to pinpoint a cause so think carefully about:
- When it happened – Was it related to time of day? Were you doing something specific at the time?
- How it happened – Was it a loss of balance? Did you trip on something? Did you go dizzy? Did you blackout?
- Where it happened – is there a trip hazard you could remove? Have you fallen in this place before? If so, why could this be?
Often, rather than one specific reason, there may be a number of underlying risk factors which have played a part, many of which can be reduced by following some simple advice.
These issues may include:
- Muscle weakness
- Poor balance
- Environmental hazards
- Vision and hearing problems
- Foot pain, deformity or numbness
- Badly fitting or unsupportive footwear
- Memory loss or confusion
- Poor nutrition
- Bladder and bowel conditions
- Alcohol consumption
Falling can have an impact on your confidence which may then lead to a vicious cycle of reduced activity and a further increase in falls risk.
Taking a pro-active approach, even if you haven’t had a fall, will help you take control of the situation and allow you to remain active and independent for longer with an increased quality of life in the long term.