Preventing Falls

Our Staying Steady programme is for people who have had a fall, or who feel as though they may be at risk of having a fall.

Anyone can have a fall, but older people are more vulnerable and likely to fall, especially if they have a long-term health condition.  Falls are a common, but often overlooked, cause of injury.  While most do not result in serious injury, there’s always a risk that a fall could lead to broken bones, and it can cause the person to lose confidence, become withdrawn, and feel as if they have lost their independence.

We offer a Staying Steady programme which is scientifically proven to improve strength and balance and aims to reduce falls and enable people to live independently at home for longer.

Staying Steady is a free programme that is 27 weeks long and each weekly session lasts around one hour.  The classes are fun and enjoyable and a great way to make new friends.  Typically, classes have around 15 participants.

You can access the programme at four different places across the City:

  • Healthworks Lemington Centre
  • Heathworks Health Resouce Centre in Benwell
  • Byker Swimming Pool
  • Trinity Church in Gosforth

If you feel that you would benefit from this programme please contact us.

We have a Get Active At Home playlist on our You Tube channel and our Physical Activity Team have designed a Staying Steady 10 Step Home Workout that will help you improve your strength and balance.

If you have a pre-existing medical condition or any concerns, talk to your doctor or health professional before starting any exercise programme.  Stop exercising and consult your physician if you feel dizzy, faint, light-headed or if you experience any discomfort, only you can monitor your condition during your workout and you are responsible for exercising within your limits.

You may also want to check out the NHS website which has useful information information and advice about falls and how to help prevent them.

You may also be interested in our other Getting Active activities.