Falls prevention and balance

Around 40% of adults over the age of 65 years fall each year. Falls are a major cause of injuries and hospital admissions.

Falls can result in:

  • Decreased confidence to participate in everyday activities
  • Decreased physical capabilities, loss of muscles strength and endurance, making everyday activities harder
  • Injury and illness
  • Loss of independence, thus increasing dependence on services and family members
  • More falls
  • Restricted lifestyle, reduced social and recreational activities.

Falls are generally caused by a combination of factors including:

  • Decreased sensation in feet
  • Fatigue
  • Hazards in and around the home
  • Hazards in the community
  • Medication reactions
  • Poor health and wellbeing
  • Reduced balance reactions
  • Reduced muscle strength and endurance
  • Reduced vision
  • Rushing tasks
  • Vestibular conditions.

Access to the Falls Prevention Program is available via referral.

Your local GP, physician, surgeon will be able to assist you with obtaining a referral to a medical Rehabilitant Specialist who is accredited at the hospital and who can organise your admission into the program

To make a referral, please contact our Outpatient Coordinator on 03 94748923

For more enquiries about the Falls Prevention and Balance Program please contact:

North Eastern Rehabilitation Centre
Physiotherapy Department
Ph: 03 9474 8923

This program is designed to assist those who have:

  • A history of falls
  • Fear of falling
  • General physical deconditioning and loss of mobility
  • Reduced ability to cope and manage independently
  • Restricted social or recreational activity due to lack of confidence
  • Vestibular disorders.

By completing this program it is expected that you will have:

  • Better activity planning allowing you to reduce the effects of fatigue
  • Improved exercise and activity tolerance
  • Increased balance skills
  • Increased confidence to complete everyday tasks
  • Increased independence with activities of daily living
  • The ability to reduce your risk of falling at home and in the community
  • The knowledge to identify hazards at home and in the community.

The falls prevention and balance program at North Eastern Rehabilitation Centre is an outpatient program conducted by experienced medical and allied health professionals.

We offer a multidisciplinary team approach to the assessment and treatment of people who have recurrent falls, poor balance, reduced mobility, independence and safety.

It involves a comprehensive examination by a Medical Rehabilitation Specialist and a physiotherapist, including vestibular assessment if necessary.

The program runs weekly for eight weeks.

Each session consists of a group based exercise class and an education session, involving feedback and group discussion.

Examples of activities include:

  • Balance exercises
  • Cardiovascular exercises
  • Group games
  • Standing and seated exercises
  • “Wii fit” balance tasks.

Education sessions cover a variety of topics such as:

  • Energy conservation and pacing
  • Footwear
  • Maintaining general wellbeing and staying active
  • Medications
  • Preventing falls in the community
  • Preventing falls in the home
  • Why falls prevention is important for maintaining your independence.

The Multidisciplinary team:

  • Dietitian
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Medical rehabilitation specialist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Rehabilitation nurse.

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