Testing your balance

Following on from Sunday’s post where I shared a useful booklet about falls, here is a short video from NHS Inform about balance. The video shows you one way to test your balance.

The website then offers a choice of 3 further videos, each showing exercises to help you improve your balance, which may be appropriate for your level.

Give it a go – it’s never too early to start exercises to help your balance and reduce risk of falls.

#StayHome #KeepActive #KeepStrong

Worrying your older family and friends may be at risk of falls now you can’t visit them?

As we get older, our strength and balance can deteriorate and increase our risk of falls. This can be a worrying time for family and friends, and even more so now we can no longer drop in on the way home from work to check they are ok.

As a Physiotherapist, I understand how important it is to try and prevent falls, as the consequences of a fall or broken bone can be significant when a person is frail.

Longsands Rehabilitation normally provides a falls assessment and treatment programme to people in their own homes – but with the current Covid-19 pandemic I am #stayinghome to play my part in social distancing. However I am fully aware that there are people out there who may need a comprehensive falls assessment by a qualified healthcare provider.

If you are worried about yourself, family or friends having a fall in the home, make sure you/they discuss this with a doctor, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, or social care provider. In the meantime, read this fantastic booklet produced by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy with Saga and PHE for ideas how you can offer support.

I like this booklet: Get up and go as it has some good general advice and includes a simple checklist of tasks that can help reduce risk of falls. There are also a few exercises in the booklet that may be suitable to improve strength and balance. You could try them too, especially if you are stuck at home during this period of social distancing!