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  • Falls are a major cause of injury for older people. 
  • You can lower your risk of falls by improving safety in and around your home and managing your health. 
  • Contact your local council for information about the Commonwealth Home Support Program, which can help install support rails, ramps and other safety aids in your home, or help with basic home maintenance.
  • Consider installing a personal alarm. Personal alert systems notify emergency services and caregivers of an accident, such as a fall. While such systems won’t stop you from falling, they can provide prompt response and assistance should you fall. Contact your local council for further information.
  • If you live in a residential aged care home, you may wish to find out what programs they have in place to help prevent or lower the risk of falls.

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Reviewed on: 14-10-2015