Council advice on avoiding injury

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Lancashire County Council is providing funding for an advice and support service to help reduce the chance of people being injured in a fall. The service is being delivered in partnership with the NHS.

The free hour-long ‘Steady On!’ sessions include practical tips on how to prevent falls and information on local services to help you stay well over winter, including advice about equipment or adaptions to help you prevent incidents at home.

The sessions are aimed at people who are concerned about falling, as well as people who’ve had a fall and would like support to reduce the risk of having another one.

This new ‘Steady On!’ service started on Thursday 1 October.

County Councillor Azhar Ali, Cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “Falls are a common cause of injury and can happen to anyone, but older people are more vulnerable and likely to fall. The factors that increase the risk of falls are problems with footwear, lighting, activity, medication and eyesight.

“We want people to be able to get around safely and remain independent. It’s important that people know to watch out for the risks and how they can minimise their chances of getting injured.

“If you think you’d benefit from this support, or you have a friend or relative who would, then please contact us to find out more.”

In Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Rossendale and West Lancashire, the figures for emergency hospital admissions in 2012/13 for people age 65 and over were higher than the national average.

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