Help with walking and falls preventions
Falling and the fear of falling can make you lose confidence and can have serious consequences for your health and wellbeing.
If you have fallen or are afraid of falling you should speak to your GP or a health professional (such as practice nurse or district nurse) to find out what can be done to help you. There are number of options that may be worth exploring:
- a doctor can check your overall health and investigate your symptoms and the potential cause (for example, a medication you are taking may be causing you to feel dizzy)
- a physiotherapist can check your muscle strength and balance, and recommend exercises to improve these
- an occupational therapist can consider what equipment may help you (such as grab rails)
- getting your eyes or feet checked
These health and social care professionals can give you advice, assess your needs and refer you to the nearest falls clinic. The Southwark Community Rehabilitation and Falls Service may also be able to help you. You can self-refer to the service using the following details:
Southwark Community Rehabilitation and Falls Service
Dulwich Community Hospital
East Dulwich Grove
London SE22 8PT
T: 020 3049 8960
If you think a walking stick, or other walking equipment, would help you to move around more safely, you should contact the Southwark Community Rehabilitation and Falls Service direct on 020 3049 8960 for advice.
If you think you need an assessment for a wheelchair, contact your GP who can refer you to the Wheelchair Service. The local NHS wheelchair service is based at the Bowley Close Rehabilitation Centre in SE19. If you do not have a GP, you can call the centre on 020 3049 7760 for advice.
Powered mobility equipment
The Motability Scheme enables disabled people to obtain a new car, powered wheelchair or scooter in exchange for certain income benefits. For more information see the Motability Scheme website.
The Queen Elizabeth Foundation offers advice, assessment and the opportunity to try scooters and other powered mobility equipment. There is a charge for the assessment.
Before purchasing a scooter it is important that you know where you will store it. We are not able to help with this. When thinking about where to store the scooter it is vital that it does not cause a hazard for you or other people. You should also consider how you will charge the battery and what the maintenance and service cost will be. Insurance is highly recommended.
If you wish to purchase or hire mobility equipment there are several companies that you can contact. The Disabled Living Foundation can give free and impartial advice.
Getting out in Southwark
You can find information and advice on Help with transport.
Further sources of information and support
- Southwark Disablement Association provide information and advice for people with a physical or sensory disability.
- The Disabled Living Foundation have produced a range of Factsheets that provide general advice about things to consider when choosing daily living equipment. You can call the Disabled Living Foundation helpline 0300 999 0004.
- NHS Choices provides a Guide to Care Equipment, Aids & Adaptations.
- National charity Rica carries out research and publishes information to enable disabled and older people to live independently.
- Turn2us provide information on grants, welfare and other financial help.
Page last updated: 03 October 2017