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Herts Healthy Homes

Hertfordshire County Council, the NHS and Hertfordshire’s Public Health are working in partnership with 10 district councils and the voluntary sector to provide free information and support services that helps you stay healthy and safe in your own home.

Herts Healthy Homes can help you stay well throughout the year by providing support with:-

  • A home visit to give advice and practical support to help you stay well and active
  • Advice on paying your bills and budgeting
  • Draught proofing and emergency heaters
  • Fire safety and home security checks.

For further information contact Herts Help on 0300 123 4044 and quote ‘Home 1’.

Falls

Falls are a major cause of disability and the leading cause of mortality resulting from injury in people aged over 75 in the UK:-

  • Older people with sight loss are more likely to fall than their sighted peers.
  • RNIB estimates that the cost to the NHS of falls associated with sight loss is at least £25.1 million per annum.

Top Tips to Avoid a Fall

As well as encouraging everyone to have regular eye tests, the RNIB offers people with sight loss, tips to help them reduce the risk of falling:

  • Talk to your GP about the risk of falls – especially if you’re taking medication
  • Keep moving – gentle exercise helps build strength and reduce the risk of falls
  • Look after your feet – report any foot pain or loss of sensation to your GP or nurse
  • Wear sensible shoes – well-fitting, non-slip shoes are a simple way to reduce falls
  • Remove home hazards – half of all falls happen at home. Remove obstacles to make your home safer
  • Make things brighter by improving your lighting – older eyes need better lighting.  A small change can make a big difference
  • Make things bolder – colour contrast, especially on edges and doors
  • Use assistive devices – the right device can help you get out and about and avoid trips and falls
  • Maintain a healthy, balanced diet

 

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