THE county’s falls prevention team hopes for a good result from its efforts to help nearly 400 people put their best foot forward.

Falls are among the top causes of accidents, serious injuries and even deaths among the county’s over 65’s.

So the falls prevention week event in Hereford’s High Town, run by Wye Valley NHS Trust with physiotherapists and occupational therapists, was the perfect chance to offer the public free specialist advice and walking aid checks.

More than a third of those helped have since been referred to the team for further assessment and advice.

Jo Burns, falls team leader, said: “Every year we see hundreds of people who have fallen or are at risk of falling.

“Falls are not an inevitable part of getting older but a fall can significantly affect a person’s confidence and independence.”

Tips for staying steady on your feet include regular exercise, eyesight, hearing and medication checks, and eating a balanced diet rich in calcium.

Michelle Mitchell, charity director general at Age UK, said initiatives like the Trust’s High Town advice event are “crucial” in helping reduce the risk of falling and maintaining mobility and independence among the elderly.

Contact the Herefordshire falls prevention team on 01568 617309.