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Take steps not to fall

Tuesday, 3rd February, 2015

A program is about to recommence at the BH Hospital to help elderly people cut the risk of falling over in their homes. A program is about to recommence at the BH Hospital to help elderly people cut the risk of falling over in their homes.

The “Stepping On” falls prevention program will run again this year and is open to residents wishing to reduce their risk of falling in the home.

The Occupational Therapy department at the Broken Hill Health Service has been delivering the Stepping On falls prevention and education program for the last four years.

It aims to reduce the risk of falls in the home and in the community using a multidisciplinary approach including guest speakers, exercises and home visits.

The program is for people who are 65 years and older who live at home, have had a fall recently or have a fear of falling and are willing and able to participate in an information sharing group.

Ross Mawby, who attended one of the groups last year, said it was practical, useful and encouraging.

“I have become more cautious in my movements and have endeavoured to put into practice what I have learnt,” said Ross of the changes he has made as a result of attending the Stepping On Program.

According to Health Statistics NSW, 25 per cent of older people in 2009 fell at least once in the preceding 12 months.

Among those who fell, 66 per cent said they were injured as a result of their fall and 20 per cent had to go to hospital.

The free program runs for seven weeks, with each two-hour session covering numerous topics with speakers including various health professionals and other community agencies.

The first program of the year will start on Tuesday, February 17.

People can join up or refer someone by contacting the Occupational Therapy Department on 8080 1337. People are encouraged to call if you have any questions or to list your name for a program this year.

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