Physios and Occupational Therapists from Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are offering free advice to help people at risk of suffering falls feel safer.

As part of the Trust’s Fylde Coast Falls Awareness Week between October 19-23 experts are offering advice and general maintenance tips for equipment used by those at a high risk of falls.

The awareness week has been launched because falls are the leading cause of injury deaths, unintentional injuries, and hospital admissions for trauma in older adults and can take a serious toll on older adults’ quality of life and independence.

At the heart of this initiative is the message that falls are preventable. During Fall Prevention Awareness Week health care providers and social service agencies will hold presentations and workshops to raise awareness among older adults and their families and caregivers, elder care professionals, and the general public about the seriousness of falls and ways to reduce fall risk.

As part of the campaign a number of exercise classes are taking place at Blackpool Victoria Hospital which are open to anyone. These sessions are being held in the main entrance area on Monday, October 19 between 11am and 12noon, Wednesday, October 21 between 12noon and 1pm and Friday, October 23 between 11am and 12noon.

There will also be information stands from organisations such as Care & Repair, Age UK, Carers Forum, Progress lifting, Vitaline and NHS physios and OTs.

The physios and OTs are also holding open advice sessions at Clifton Hospital therapy gym on Monday October 19 between 1pm and 3pm and on Wednesday October 21 between 10am and 12noon. They will give advice on suitable footwear, assistive equipment and walking aids while also offering to provide some basic walking aid maintenance where needed.

The team will also be at Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s Physio Outpatients department between 9am and 3pm from October 19 to 23 offering walking aid maintenance.

Charlotte Billington, Hospital Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Manager, said: Falling can destroy a person’s confidence and independence with around one in 10 older people who fall becoming afraid to leave their own home in case they fall again.

“There are a number of ways in which people can help prevent falls including well maintained equipment so we will be on hand to offer advice to those who need it.’’

If you would like any further details please call 01253 953512 to speak to someone from the physio department.

To view a timetable of activities taking place during the week please click here.

For further information about this press release please call Derek Quinn, Head of Communications at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on 01253 956941.