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TIPS have been given to ensure people avoid falls and trips this winter.

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust is encouraging people to stay safe by taking some precautions to avoid slips, trips and falls.

Jill Phipps, falls prevention lead for the trust, said: ‘One in three people over the age of 65 fall each year, and some people fall more frequently.

‘It’s important to let your GP, nurse or therapist know that you have had a fall. They will arrange for you to receive a falls assessment and advice on how to reduce the risk of it happening again.

‘This might include providing equipment, making some changes to your home such as rails or grab handles and attending a steady and strong exercise class to improve balance, strength and coordination.’

When going out, people are being advised to plan their route, wrap up warmly, wear well-fitting shoes, and asked to consider whether a walking stick could help.

If you are going shopping, then the trust suggests people place their bought items in a rucksack, to help with balance.

When staying inside, ensure your home is warm, remove trip hazards, such as electrical cords, and clutter from stairs and walkways, and ensure your home is well lit.

Rails on both sides of the stairs are helpful, and can also be placed near baths and toilets.

For exercise tips to keep warm and supple, visit hants.gov.uk/betterbalance