Falls put you at serious risk of injury and can be fatal. It is a major cause of injury in older adults, and with an
ever increasing life expectancy it brings challenges around lifestyle and health management.
It is always recommended that individuals speak to their GP to identify certain added risks of falling, as some
medications and other medical disorders can increase a persons risk of falling. Anyone afraid of falling, or who has
had a fall can self-refer or be referred to an OT. The OT can assess the persons daily activities, as well as assess
their home environment and make recommendations for any home modifications that may benefit the individual. Funding
is available through the DHB and self funded through private OT’s.
The Falls Prevention Centre of Excellence advises “adapting or converting the physical environment such as removing
any hazards, adding any assistive devices and changing how/where activities occur to minimise risk” as important
aspects to preventing unnecessary falls.
Once the GP has discounted any other possible medical causes considering the use of daily living aids such as grab
rails, wheeled kitchen trolleys, toilet aids, bathing equipment, or a bed lever to assist getting out of bed can
really decrease an individuals' risk of falling.