Nearly everyone has hurt themselves as a result of a fall. When you’re young, you usually brush yourself off and carry on. But a fall in old age can turn your life upside down. This health programme offers free advice on how to minimise the risk of falls.
There are many reasons for a fall in old age: dizziness, feeling weaker, poor balance or limited movement. But there are also many other things that can lead to a fall. Accidents often happen at home, when we slip or stumble over a carpet or a cable in the wrong place.
It doesn’t take long to remove these obstacles, so it's certainly worth taking the time to do so. Elderly people take longer to recover and their ability to cope with everyday life is severely limited. In the worst case scenario, a fall could cost you your independence from one day to the next.
The fall prevention programme is offered in collaboration with Rheumaliga Schweiz (Swiss rheumatism league). Participants get personal advice at home from specially trained physiotherapists.
Who can take part?
You can take part in this Sanitas health coaching programme if you have basic insurance with Sanitas with accident cover included, plus private or semiprivate supplementary hospital insurance. Participation is free of charge.
All you have to do is complete and submit the registration form. A physiotherapist from Rheumaliga Schweiz will be in touch to arrange a personal consultation.
Source 1: Swiss Council for Accident Prevention, bfu