ILLNESS AND INJURY
One of the most annoying things about getting older is that it takes us a lot longer to get back to full fitness after an injury. But no matter what the circumstances are, you can still make a full recovery if you get the basics right...
How long does it take to recover from an injury?
Your local GP or medical practitioner will be able to give you specific advice and guidance related to your recovery, but in general:
- Give yourself time to recover – often it will take longer than you think
- Take small steps to ease yourself back into your everyday life or routine
- Be careful - as we get older, we often become more accident prone – particularly if we're not on top form already.
How can I prevent becoming injured?
In truth by being careful, but here are some hints and tips to keep you more secure at home:
- Avoid leaving items on the stairs or in hallways.
- Ensure your room floors – particularly the hall and stairs, are carefully maintained and any damaged or worn carpet removed.
- Ensure your landing, hallways and stairs are well-lit with two-way light switches.
- Fit support bars where they are needed most – such as the bathrooms and stairs.
- Take care with smoking materials and avoid smoking in bed or on the sofa.
- Use electric blankets and hot water bottles with care and check them regularly.
- Do not dry clothes on fireguards or heaters.
- Fit smoke alarms with ten year batteries or use mains-powered devices.
What help is there to support me if I do become ill or injured?
If you become incapacitated and you either live alone, or need additional support, there are a range of services to help you – from information resources online such as Age UK to care in the local community and help at home.