Landing On Your Feet Program

Photo with Seaview House residents: Lily Horovitz, Briony Trace - Occupational Therapist, Warwick McEachern, Brooke Smith - Exercise Physiologist and Pat Wilmot
General
Thursday, 2 March 2017
Falls prevention is a high priority at Portland District Health and a significant part of the campaign is the Landing on Your Feet group program.

Injuries from falls is the leading cause of hospital admissions for people aged over 65 so the program and related services offered by PDH are vital for the community's wellbeing.

The Landing on your Feet group is being run for the first time from Seaview House and a new group will start in May at Active Health Portland.

The eight-week program aims to reduce the risk of falls at home and in the community and involves gentle strength and balance activities.

All participants undergo a comprehensive health assessment to assess why they may have fallen or had near misses.

PDH Occupational Therapist Briony Trace said the program can include a review of walking aides, adaptations to home environments, and referrals to other services.

A range of PDH allied health services play a role in falls prevention, including occupational therapy, physiotherapy, exercise physiology, dietetics, community diabetes education, pharmacy and podiatry.

Landing on your Feet offers gentle exercises adapted to individual needs which help to keep participants healthy and reduce the risk of falls, Ms Trace said.

As well as the physical benefits there are social benefits from being part of a supportive group, she said.

The program also assists people to return home from hospital, which could include therapy and making changes to the home to reduce the risk of falls.

The next Landing on Your Feet group will start at the beginning of May at Active Health Portland. Referrals for falls prevention group or individual assessment can be made through the PDH Consulting Suite on 55 221410.

Ms Trace said people aged over 65 should consider joining the group, even if they haven't had a fall. Prevention is better than injury,she said.

Other initiatives to reduce the risk of falls within PDH include red slip-resistant socks and coloured symbols to identify the level of risk.


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