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Hertfordshire County Council

 

There are many small changes you can make to your lifestyle to stay fit and healthy.

  • Keep active to lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as reducing the risk of health conditions like heart disease, diabetes, cancer and dementia.
  • Eat healthily. Eating a balanced and nutritious diet controls your weight and can help you fight off illnesses.
  • Stay warm at home. A cold home can lead to serious health problems. HertsHelp offer free home visits to give you advice on staying warm and safe in your home.
  • Get the flu jab. People over 65 or with long term health conditions can be severely affected by the flu and are eligible for a free vaccination.

Preventing a fall

Don't let a fall affect your confidence and independence. Here are 7 simple ways to stay steady on your feet, from Age UK:

  • Exercise regularly.
  • Check your eyes and hearing.
  • Look after your feet.
  • Manage your medicines.
  • Keep your bones healthy.
  • Check for hazards.
  • Tackle the fear of falling.

For more advice, try Get up and go - a guide to staying steady from Saga.

Information for professionals

Stop Falls campaign from Hertfordshire Care Providers Association, includes resources for homecare and care homes.

Find out if you're at risk of falling

Use the NHS self-assessment tool to see whether you might be at risk.


If you think you're at risk of a fall:

  • Find out about getting a monitor and alarm at home from Herts Careline, which will alert someone if you fall.  
  • Talk to your GP - they can give you advice to prevent falls.
  • Contact us for an assessment. We might be able to help with your daily activities to reduce the risk of falling.
  • Contact HertsHelp for practical advice and information about local services that could help.