Nine steps to stay on your feet®
Take positive steps now to stay mobile and independent.
Don’t put off considering your risk of falling until you have had an injury or scare.
Do it today and you can prevent falls before they happen.
Staying mobile and independent is an important part of healthy ageing. Falls and falls-related injuries are serious health issues and are the leading cause of injury hospitalisation for older people. The good news is that taking some simple and effective steps outlined in the links below can reduce your risk of having a fall.
Common myths about falls
Many people may not see falls as an important issue because they feel it is just a ‘sign’ of getting older and that it will happen anyway. Those who see falls as an ‘expected’ part of ageing, may not realise that, just like any other potential injury, there are things that can be done to reduce the likelihood of a fall. Understanding that falls can happen to anyone, whatever their age, helps everyone to take falls seriously and to find ways to prevent falls before they happen.
Many people believe that falls are an issue for someone else. “It won’t happen to me” is a common but unwarranted attitude. Falls prevention is about realising that you can influence your own mobility and independence.
Most people mistakenly believe that tripping, slipping or ‘not being careful’ causes falls. But the fact is that most falls are caused by personal issues – something to do with a person’s lifestyle, physical or mental state – or by interaction between one or more of these personal issues and an environmental hazard.
How to get the most out of the nine steps to stay on your feet®
The nine steps to Stay On Your Feet® reflect the main factors that contribute to falls. Review the nine steps to Stay On Your Feet® – but focus on those parts that relate to you, your lifestyle, independence and environment.
Personal action plan
At the end of each of the nine steps you will find a few quick and simple questions to help you review your personal situation. After reading the steps we suggest you put this personal review information into a personal action plan (PDF 1.47MB) (see page 51 for an action plan template) – especially developed by you with you in mind.
Information in another format
All of the information about each of the nine steps to Stay On Your Feet® is available in booklet format online (PDF) or you can order a printed copy of the booklet from the online publication ordering system.