falls prevention

Slips, trips and falls can happen to anyone, but they are more common and more significant as we get older, because we are more likely to injure ourselves.

People often dismiss falls as ‘part of getting older’ or ‘just not concentrating’. But falls are often a warning sign that something is not right. So it is important to discuss any fall with your GP or physio.

how we can help

We offer clinic - based or house call falls prevention services. This includes a personalised exercise program, suggestions about modifying your home environment, and some questions you may wish to ask your GP. We can also provide advice via telehealth.

A typical care plan may consist of the following:

Session 1: This includes: a review of your medical history, your x rays and other investigations. We'll assess your walking and balance. We'll show you balance and self-care exercises to do at home. Around 1 hour. Session 2: Typically one or two weeks later. Progressing your balance and exercises and home activities. Education about specific falls risks that you may have at home and outside. Suggested changes. Warning signs to look out for. Around 45 minutes. Session 3: Typically one week later. Increasing your tolerance for exercise, work and life. Checking your understanding. Questions to ask your GP. Letter for your GP or specialist. Discussion about low cost options available locally. Around 45 minutes. Two week follow up: Two weeks after your last appointment via email or phone as you prefer. No cost. Around 10 minutes.
3 month follow up: At 3 months after your last appointment. Via email or phone as you prefer. No cost. Around 10 minutes.

what you can do today

Start today. Here are some suggestions:
1. Talk to your GP Talk to your GP about getting a physio and / or OT assessment, and possibly assessment for an Australian Government Home Care Package. 2. Join a falls prevention group Stepping On. Regular 7-week program run by NSW Health and private providers.
CONTACT: Deirdre Upton, NSW Office of Preventive Health, at Deirdre.upton@health.nsw.gov.au or call (02) 8738 6615.
3. Read about how to prevent falls
a. Department of Health (2010). Don’t Fall For It- A guide to preventing falls for older people.

b. Preventing falls in the elderly. via My Aged Care. https://www.myagedcare.gov.au/getting-started/healthy-and-active-ageing/preventing-falls-in-elderly

think about falls

Did you know?
Falls are a common problem for older people and are often the reason people are admitted to hospital or move to a nursing home or hostel. The likelihood of a fall increases partly because of the natural changes that happen as our bodies age. Some older people are more likely to fall than others. These can result from illness or a less healthy lifestyle.

People fall for a variety of reasons. In some cases a number of things combine to cause a fall.

The good news.
  • Many falls are preventable.
  • Injury from falls can be minimised.
  • Ageing does not have to mean a loss of independence


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