This week there has been lots in the news about falls amongst older people. The message is to make simple changes in your home to improve your safety.

Every year in the UK nearly three-quarters of a million people aged over 60 end up in the local A&E department after a fall, and one in three of these will end up staying in hospital because of their injuries.

Figures show around a third of adults who are over 65 and living at home will experience at least one fall a year. This rises to half of adults over 80 who are either at home or in residential care. In 2009 in England and Wales, there were 3,593 deaths as a result of falls.

Making small changes at home, such as using non-slip rugs and mats and ensuring that rooms are clutter-free and well lit, can help prevent falls.

Michelle Mitchell, of the charity Age UK, said: “At their worst falls can be the cause of death, but falls are not an inevitable part of ageing – many falls can be prevented and there is much that can be done to help people who have fallen not to fall again.”