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Falls prevention and our ongoing wellbeing

Falls prevention and our ongoing wellbeing

As our bodies change, it’s important to recognise the shifting dynamics and challenges they may pose to our stability and balance. A significant issue that can impact us as we age is the heightened risk of falls. This risk is increased when factors including declining vision, impaired balance, and diminished mobility are combined with long-term medical issues.  

Falls are a pressing concern for seniors, with statistics revealing their prevalence as the leading cause of hospitalised injury and injury-related deaths among individuals aged 65 and over in Australia. Shockingly, in 2019–20, approximately 41% of hospitalisations for falls—totaling 54,600 admissions—were recorded for those aged 85 and over.  

However, we can take proactive steps to protect our health and reduce the chance of falling despite these obstacles. Here are some tips to help you consider how you can reduce your risk of injuring yourself by having a fall. 

Stay active

Regular physical activity can help us maintain strength, balance, and flexibility. Walking in the neighborhood, practicing Tai Chi in the park, or joining water aerobics classes at the local community center are excellent ways to stay active. 

  • Chair exercises: Simple movements like leg lifts, arm circles, and seated marches can be done safely at home or in a group setting. 
  • Yoga: Practicing yoga can improve balance, flexibility, and overall body awareness. 
  • Gardening: Tending to a garden provides a gentle form of exercise that can improve strength and flexibility. 

Home safety modifications

Conducting a thorough assessment of the home environment to identify potential hazards is crucial:

  • Placing non-slip mats or strips in the bathtub and shower. 
  • Installing handrails along staircases, hallways, and walkways provides seniors with additional support and stability. 
  • Swapping out standard toilet seats for elevated ones can make it easier for seniors to sit down and stand up.
    Ensuring that pathways throughout the home are clear of obstacles and clutter.

Occupational therapy support may be available under your Home Care Package to help you identify ways to reduce your risks around the home. Speak to your care partner to see if you’re eligible.

Vision and hearing check

Routine vision and hearing assessments are essential to identify changes quickly. Detecting and addressing issues like cataracts, glaucoma, or hearing loss promptly can improve awareness of surroundings and prevent accidents. For instance, scheduling an annual eye exam to update eyeglass prescriptions and checking hearing aids regularly for proper functioning can contribute to maintaining sensory function and reducing fall risk. 

Medication management

Regular medication reviews with your healthcare provider can help you identify any drugs that may increase the risk of falls due to side effects like dizziness or drowsiness.

Always follow prescribed dosages and avoid mixing medications without medical guidance. Remember to:

  • Organise medications in a pill organiser or consider a Webster Pack to avoid confusion. 
  • Set reminders for medication schedules using alarms or smartphone apps. 
  • Regularly review medications with a healthcare provider to identify any potential side effects or interactions. 


Nutrition plays a crucial role in maintaining overall health and preventing falls among seniors. A well-balanced diet rich in essential nutrients can support bone health, muscle strength, and cognitive function, reducing the risk of falls and promoting ongoing wellbeing.

By prioritising nutrition and adopting a well-rounded diet tailored to their specific needs, seniors can not only reduce their risk of falls but also enhance their overall health and quality of life as they age. 

Self-manage your Home Care Package

Self-managed Home Care Packages offer seniors greater control and flexibility in accessing the support they need to maintain their independence and safety at home. These packages empower individuals to choose the services that best suit their unique needs, including falls prevention programs, personal care assistance, and allied health services. 

Reviewing your care plan as your lifestyle and needs change can also ensure you make the most of your Home Care Package. Learn more about care plans here.

Are you new to Home Care Packages? Go to our Resources page to find everything you need to know about getting started.

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Please contact Trilogy Care on 1300 459 190 for any further information.

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