The Role of Leisure & Health Staff in Falls Prevention

The Role of Leisure & Health Staff in Falls Prevention

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Research indicates that over 40% of adults over the age of 65 will fall at least once a year. In long term residential care facilities the percentage is more dramatic; almost two thirds of residents fall once a year or more.

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Debbie 26th Jun 2016
Assisting with falls prevention through exercise and fun and games supports our residents to remain active, independent and safe. I' ve been working with a falls risks resident for the last six weeks with great results in reducing her falls at certain times of the day. Providing more social and cognitive activities have reduced her boredom and increased interest in group activities. I'm hoping to show our activities team that exercise and fun activities do make a difference. Thanks golden carers for re inforcing my thoughts on this subject.
Talita 27th Jun 2016
Thanks so much for your feedback Debbie. It's wonderful to hear that you have been able to make a such a positive influence.
Darla 16th Feb 2015 Activity and Volunteer Coordinator
Great ideas, than you for sharting Jean.
jean 12th Feb 2015 activities officer
Every thursday morning we do what we call the happy healthy active program, we do a variety of sitting exercises,pluss standing including figure 8 walking around chairs,peging clothes on a line and taking them off , ball kiking, 1-1 wals practicing heal toe walking which is great for helping balance, genraly making it fun, since starting this program ourfalls numbers have dropped so its working. Jean.
Ngoc 11th Oct 2014 lifestyle student
Hi lovely ladies, thank you so much for those useful information which are related to my assignment now,
thank you Golden carers for offering me this opportunities to build up my confidence while i am working as a second language
Solange 15th Sep 2014 Diversional Therapist
Thank you for sharing Darla. Introducing fitness balance while entertaining is an imaginative idea. Active support allows residents to feel accomplished in line with people-centred philosophy.
Solange 15th Sep 2014 Diversional Therapist
Well done Maryann. It is comforting to know that your program inspired residents to help themselves.
Darla 10th Sep 2014 Activity and Volunteer Coordinator
Love this article, I plan to share the Article with our Recreation and Rehabilitation Team.
If I may share an idea our facility tried as part of balance or additional exercise to the physical game. Many of our Residents using a wheelchair stand and do short walks as part of their daily physio program. While playing lawn golf (plastic balls on string thrown toward 3 rungs on stationery plastic ring board), I offered choice to stand and throw the balls, with the physio belt around their waist for additional support from therapist to balance as they throw the golf balls.
This allows each Resident choice in how they would perform the task as well as sitting then standing, and balance on several tries (4 times around the small group). . All the Residents are offered a choice, those ambulatory and those needing to use wheelchair. This is all done with direct supervision and is a success.
MARYANN 10th Sep 2014 Diversional Therapist/Lifestyle Manager
I have introduced a Falls Prevention Ex's Program to our Facility.
It.s not for everyone but has been very positive for those taking part. We also purchased a Wii and play Bowls. Some Redients have taken it upon themselves now to also walk every morning, keeping fit and maintain independence as well.
Vikki 9th Sep 2014 Recreation/leisure&lifestyle. Also massage and aromatherapist..
What great article. Very informative, a common sense to approach to preventing falls in the activity area. I work activity/ Physio - aide so will definitely be putting this in practice.
Thank you.