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Keep your independence – prevent falls

Fall prevention in old age

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.

Benefits of the fall prevention programme

  • Personal fall prevention advice by a physiotherapist at home
  • Assessment of your risk of falling depending on your health
  • Physiotherapist will point out potential dangers in your home
  • Advice on making your home safer
  • Significant reduction of the risk of a fall and the fear of possibly suffering a fall

Facts and figures

  • Falls are the most frequent type of accident among the over-65s, with nearly one third experiencing a fall once a year.1
  • And 94% of these accidents occur at home.

How does the fall prevention programme work? 

The fall prevention programme is offered in collaboration with Rheumaliga Schweiz (Swiss rheumatism league). Participants get personal advice at home from specially trained physiotherapists.

How fall prevention works

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.

Sign up

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.

Any questions?

Rheumaliga Schweiz will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the programme.


Rheumaliga Schweiz

044 487 40 00

If you have any questions on your insurance cover, please contact your personal advisor or call the


Sanitas Preference Center

058 344 50 00

Source 1: Swiss Council for Accident Prevention, bfu

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