Falls Prevention

Your health and safety is of major concern to us. Please stop and consider possible consequences before you climb up to fix anything.

We can help you with minor maintenance and minor modification jobs that will assist you in reducing the falls risk in and around your home. Some of these jobs are –

  • change a light bulb
  • change a smoke alarm battery
  • install hand rails to stairs
  • repair stair treads
  • install grab rails to the shower, bath or toiletFALL PREVENTION
  • install anti slip strips to steps, baths and bathroom floors
  • repair torn or loose floor coverings
  • install safety lighting over stairs or in dark hall ways
  • install extra power points to clear walkways of power cords in your home and work shed
  • repair broken paths and steps in your yard

Some suggestions to help prevent falls are –

  • get up slowly from sitting or lying
  • stay seated if you are dizzy
  • rest if you are tired
  • make sure any walking aid is tailored for you
  • rearrange furniture so pathways are clear
  • footwear should be comfortable, fit securely and support your feet. Do not walk around wearing only socks or stockings
  • don’t climb on tables or chairs or stools
  • if you must climb then use a suitable supportive ladder and have someone hold it
  • remove mats and loose floor coverings where possible
  • never run electrical cords under mats or carpets or across a room including in the work shed
  • keep outside pathways clear of obstructions e.g. hoses and plant material
  • ensure you have sufficient outdoor lighting so you and your visitors can see e.g. install sensor lights

EMERGENCY MEDICAL ALARM

If you live alone, away from family or close friends, are a victim of domestic violence or live in an area with high crime rate you may consider a medical alarm monitoring service. The most common monitoring service is a pendant that with one press activates the unit. It is waterproof so you can even wear it in the shower. It helps to provide independent living and peace of mind. With a relatively inexpensive initial set up cost and a small monthly monitoring fee you can be assured that when you activate that pendant someone will always respond.

Contact details are –
Kedron-Wavell Sub Branch RSL Telephone: 3359 0460

Vital Call Telephone: 1300 360 808