Falls prevention

Who are we?

The Falls Prevention Service is a specialist one aiming to reduce the number of falls and fall-related injuries and is made up of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nurse and rehabilitation technicians.

As a patient, if you require a full medical assessment to rule out any medical conditions that may be contributing towards your risk of falls, you may be seen by the Diagnostics, Assessment and Access to Rehabilitation and Treatment (DAART) team, or in a consultant clinic.

Patients may also be seen by the integrated care teams, which include:

  • district nurses
  • community physiotherapists
  • occupational therapists

Some members of these teams are also trained to do a one-to-one home exercise programme to help improve your strength and balance.

Our services

We assess people who have fallen, are at risk of falling, or are fearful of falling. Assessments may be in a clinic setting or in the patient's own home.

What we can offer

We offer a range of ways to lower an individual’s risk of falls and to help people stay healthy, active and independent:

  • We deliver 12-week Falls Prevention programmes in a variety of venues across Shropshire which include strength and balance exercise programmes. For Telford and Wrekin patients, this service is provided by the Paul Brown Day Unit.
  • One-to-one exercise in a patient's own home, if a group setting is not appropriate
  • We signpost people to other teams and services within the community, if a need is identified

Raising awareness

We raise awareness and provide training and advice about falls and bone health to patients, health and social care professionals, care homes, private and voluntary agencies. This includes how to prevent and manage falls and how to cope with daily life after a fall.

The people we see

Adults living in Shropshire, registered with a Shropshire GP, identified as having fallen, at risk, or fearful of falling.

New patients

Referrals accepted from health and social care professionals. Patients may also self refer. All referrals should be directed via Single Point of Referral.

The service is generally for over 65s but younger adults identified at risk will be assessed and treated according to their individual need.

Existing patients

Referrals are accepted from health and social care professionals; additionally patients may also self refer. All referrals should be directed via Single Point of Referral.

The service is generally for over 65s but younger adults identified as being at risk will be assessed and treated according to their individual need.

Services we do not offer

  • We are not an acute service
  • We do not offer assessment or interventions to residents in care home
  • There is no service for patients living in Shropshire but who are registered with a GP from out of the county

What you should bring with you

Your appointment letter will specify anything you need to bring to the clinic.

Frequently asked questions

Can I stay in the exercise programme after 12 weeks?

No you have the Otago exercise booklet we have given you and you can either continue to do the exercises at home on your own or with family or friend or you could join an exercise class in your area. Contact details have been given to you in week 8 of Falls Prevention programme. We appreciate that some areas of Shropshire are better able to provide appropriate classes than others.

Can I come back on the programme?

Yes – if your circumstances change, you may be referred or refer yourself for reassessment and this may lead to access to our exercise programme or referral on to other services if more appropriate.

Do you offer places on exercise programmes to Care Home residents?

No but care homes should endeavour to provide appropriate exercise for residents to comply with Physical Activity guidelines for older people.

 

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