Supporting independence

Each year, around one in three people over the age of 65 has a fall, resulting in significant injury. Falls are not an inevitable part of growing older, and there are lots of things you can do to help reduce the risk of falling.

The Supporting Independence Programme 

  • ​Have you noticed any recent changes in your health?
  • Do you have difficulties walking or need help moving about?
  • Are everyday tasks such as shopping becoming more difficult?
  • Do you need someone to help you on a regular basis?
  • When you need help, do you sometimes feel lonely or isolated?

The Supporting Independence Programme provides up to 12 weeks of one to one support for those of us who may have slowed a little, are feeling less confident getting around or who need someone to help on a regular basis.

This could be supporting you to increase your levels of physical activity, helping you to access medication reviews or providing emotional or nutritional support and advice. Support can be face to face or over the phone depending on your preference.

Make a referral

In the meantime, you can call 0300 126 1000 to speak to an advisor over the phone, Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm.

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Falls prevention

Each year, around one in three people over the age of 65 has a fall resulting in significant injury. Falls are not an inevitable part of growing older, and there are lots of things you can do to help reduce the risk of falling. This includes speaking to your pharmacist about the medicines you are taking, making simple changes to the home environment, and doing exercises to improve strength and balance.

Find your nearest strength and balance class

Specialist assessment and advice is available from the Falls Prevention Service for those people who have a high fear of falling or a recent history of falling. It is open to anyone who lives in the county, and is made up of a multi-disciplinary team of specialist falls practitioners (including nurses, occupational therapists and physiotherapists, a senior doctor and a podiatrist).

Referrals can be made via your GP or by contacting one of our advisors on 0300 126 1000.