Falls are the most common accident in the home and there are many factors that can affect balance and mobility including medical conditions, certain medications and even diet.
Many people who have suffered a fall find that their confidence is affected and this can result in avoiding going out and becoming less mobile.
Our Falls Service is a referral service from a GP, nurse or other health practitioner. You will be referred to us if you have recently had a fall, or series of falls and your doctor, nurse or other health practitioner feels that you would benefit from our specialist service.
HOPE Specialist Falls Service offers a number of options designed to help improve mobility, stability and confidence.
The programme is tailored to your needs and abilities, so no matter how little you can do, we can design a programme to help. We will aim to set goals together and you will be monitored throughout the programme to ensure your safety.
The type of exercise you will do entirely depends on you, but the overall aim will be to strengthen your muscles and improve flexibility, balance and co-ordination. You will be part of a small group of older people, with a wide age range from people in their sixties to late nineties. It is therefore important to remember that you are all individuals and some will be able to do more than others.
We aim to modify everyday activities, so it may well entail something as simple as sit to stands or having a short walk. It may include exercises for your arms as well as your legs and we will aim to increase your strength and endurance gradually over the eight-week programme. The advice you are given should enable you to do the exercises at home as well.
Our Falls Rehabilitation Service is an eight week, twice weekly programme of strength and balance exercises, delivered by our specialist Falls team and expert volunteers.
For patients presenting with a mechanical / functional reason for falls that cannot be identified or treated by mainstream community services or for patients presenting with dizziness of a non-medical origin. The Falls Service also provides:
It has given me the confidence to go to the shop on my own. I’ve got my confidence back.
The Bone and Balance group is similar to the Falls Rehabilitation programme, but is designed for patients who are more able and involves more independent exercise.
This group takes place on a Wednesday afternoon and you will attend eight sessions, each lasting for one and a half hours.
I am able to do the exercises without worrying that I may fall, because of the way the clinic has taught me to THINK first.
Our Falls Service also runs a number of social and maintenance activities including:
Tai Chi – weekly sessions at our gym and community venues
Chair Based Exercise – weekly sessions in the community
Piscatorial Codgers Fishing Club – support group for elderly and / or disabled who want to go fishing but cannot do so without help
Grouchy Old Men’s Club – social club for older men (held outside the fishing season)
Click here to find out more about our HOP activities and clubs
Our Falls Buddies are vital to the service because many of them are either former patients who have suffered falls or they have the experience of caring for a family member who has fallen. This means they may understand what you are thinking and feeling because have been through it themselves.
Many of our patients report that they are able to talk to the Buddies about things they would not feel comfortable discussing with a health professional.
We want you to maintain the improvement you will see after our 8 week programme, so we run weekly maintenance sessions where you can continue to use our exercise equipment in a safe and supervised environment.
The Val Waterhouse Centre
41 – 43 Kent Street
Monday – Friday, 8.30am – 4.30pm
Referral by GP, nurse or other health practitioner
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