Stay on your feet

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - YOUR GENERATION -

THE best cure is preven­tion. Fall­ing down can cause se­ri­ous dam­age, but for­tu­nately by fol­low­ing the right steps it is eas­ily pre­ventable.

One in three adults more than 65 years old fall each year and shock­ingly, 50 per cent of th­ese in­ci­dents oc­cur in com­mon ar­eas of homes or gar­dens.

To com­bat th­ese sta­tis­tics, WA’s fall preven­tion pro­gram Stay On Your Feet has cre­ated an easy to fol­low check­list to pro­vide tips on how to re­move com­mon risks.

The In­jury Con­trol Coun­cil of WA, sup­ported by the Depart­ment of Health, co­or­di­nates the pro­gram.

Stay On Your Feet spokes­woman Emily An­der­son said the check­list could help pre­vent a stay in hos­pi­tal.

“Un­for­tu­nately falls con­tinue to be the lead­ing cause of in­juries re­quir­ing hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tion in Aus­tralia,” she said.

“Us­ing a tool such as the Home Safety Check­list can be a great way to start to look for un­ex­pected haz­ards.”

The check­list looks at typ­i­cal haz­ards around a home and la­bels poor light­ing, un­even floors or paths and un-stored gar­den tools as the worst of­fend­ers.

While it is im­por­tant to re­move haz­ards and min­imise risk, aim­ing to stay healthy and strong is also a key fac­tor.

For a free copy of the Home Safety Check­list or more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Stay On Your Feet on 1300 30 35 40 or email info@stay­ony­our­ au,

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