Halton residents are invited to attend a falls prevention drop in session at Widnes market on Wednesday 29 January anytime between 9am – 4pm.
As we enter the time of the year when traditionally weather conditions conspire to be at their worst, getting professional falls prevention advice can help maintain health, wellbeing and independence.
Bridgewater Community Matron Service along with partners Halton Council and North West Boroughs Healthcare are all involved in the drop-in session.
With 16% of Halton’s population over 65 and 4% over the age of 80, Halton has one of the highest rates in England for elderly people suffering injuries due to falls.
Bridgewater Community Matron Sally Adams said:
“Although everyone is at risk of a fall, older people are more vulnerable and at an increased risk. Hip fractures can be extremely detrimental and the risk of fracturing a hip increases with age and amongst those with conditions such as osteoporosis. With an ageing population the need for falls prevention is likely to increase.
Events like this offer a vital way of addressing these issues and bringing about all important behaviour change needed to prevent falls as well as offering the opportunity to speak with health professionals including Bridgewater’s Falls Service enabling people to act on the information and advice they receive”.
In addition to information, advice and demonstrations on how to get up from a fall, there will also be the opportunity to find out more about the new Bridgewater Frailty Service which will be launching in Halton in February.