Falls in Norfolk
You may be at risk of falling if you:
- Have a long-term health condition, such as heart disease or dementia.
- Have low blood pressure which can cause dizziness and a brief loss of consciousness.
- Have an impairment, such as poor vision or muscle weakness.
- Have a condition that can affect balance.
- Take certain medication which can cause drowsiness, confusion or light-headedness, particularly if taken in combination with other medication.
See this video ‘Facing up to falls’ (also available with subtitles): www.rospa.com/homesafety/adviceandinformation/falls
Make a ‘Falls Emergency Plan’ in case you do fall
- Ask someone to help you write it.
- Know who you can call to help you, and how to call them.
- If you have a mobile phone, keep it with you at all times.
- Think about having a call alarm to get help 24/7 if you fall and cannot reach the telephone.
What to do if you have a fall:
- Keep calm. Take time to think – are you injured or in pain?
- If you are not hurt and you feel strong enough to get up, don’t get up quickly. Roll onto your hands and knees and look for a stable piece of furniture, such as a chair or bed. Hold onto the furniture with both hands to support yourself and, when you feel ready, slowly get up. Sit down and rest for a while.
- If you need help, but do not need to go to hospital, ring a friend or family member or call Norfolk Swift Response on: 0344 800 8020 (choose option 1). This is a 24-hour service which provides help, support and reassurance if you have an urgent need such as a fall. It has specialist lifting equipment which avoids injury to anyone trying to help.
- If you are hurt or can’t get up and need immediate medical help, try to call for help, bang on the wall or floor, or use your call aid button if you have one. If possible, crawl to a telephone and dial 999 for an ambulance. Try to find a blanket or something to keep you warm. Move your leg and arm muscles regularly to produce heat.
- Always tell someone close to you and your GP that you have had a fall, even if you have not been hurt.
For more information and advice go to: www.norfolk.gov.uk/falls