Accident Prevention

Children and older people are more likely to attend Accident and Emergency Departments with injuries as a direct result of an accident in the home.

Tips to help reduce accidents at home

  • Keep the hall and stairs well lit at night
  • Turn on the light if you have to get up during the night
  • Change the layout of the room or get someone to move bulky furniture if it keeps getting in the way
  • Clutter and mess in your home causes falls, tidy your floors, especially the stairs and halls.
  • Lift mats or rugs if they are frayed or turned up at the edges and make sure the mat has a non slip backing
  • Sloppy slippers and heels that are high, can cause falls
  • Don’t take any unnecessary risks at home – ask others to help

We deliver and support a number of accident prevention initiatives and we have developed a ‘Falls are Preventable’ information booklet for elderly people. A new Falls Prevention Training Course has also been developed for those working with or leading older peoples groups in communities. This is a half day course. 

Initiatives include:

  • Altnagelvin Hospital Injury Prevention Information Project 
  • Western Falls Prevention Steering Group in the over 65s group. 
  • The ‘Stepping On’ Community Falls Prevention Programme
  • Work with other agencies/groups in the delivery of falls prevention 

For more contact Sandra Semple (Health Improvement Officer) on 028 71865127 or Joanne Doherty (Injury Prevention Officer) on 028 71345171.