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Falls Programme Helping Older People

Date Published: 14 December 2018
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A special programme of light movement and exercise is working to reduce the number of falls among older people in Rutland.

Rutland County Council’s Steady Steps programme is helping to support elderly residents through a free 24-week course designed to improve balance and stability. The scheme is specially tailored for those who have fallen previously or are worried about falling.

Falling can be a cause of distress, pain, serious injury, loss of confidence and loss of independence. People aged 65 and older have the highest risk of falling; around a third of people aged 65 and over, and around half of people aged 80 and over, fall at least once a year.

There are currently five Steady Steps programmes running in Rutland, these are currently attended by more than 60 over-65s, with another class due to start in January 2019. Each class lasts around one hour and is delivered by a specialised Postural Stability Instructor.

People are eligible for the Steady Steps programme if they are aged over 65 or have fallen fewer than three times in the past 12 months. Those at risk of falling, for instance people who have poor balance or a high fear of falling, are also eligible.

“Falling is a significant risk, especially for older people, and can have serious consequences. Steady Steps is a fantastic programme that helps people to avoid falls and, in turn, maintain their health, wellbeing and, crucially, their independence. If you’re over 65 or worried about falling, I’d encourage you to get involved with your nearest Steady Steps group.”
Alan Walters, Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care & Health

There are a number of referral routes for people wanting to join Steady Steps, including through Rutland Memorial Hospital, the Rutland Exercise Referral Scheme and GPs. People can also contact the programme directly themselves.

To find out more about Steady Steps, please contact Active Rutland Health by calling: 01572 758200 or emailing: activerutlandhealth@rutland.gov.uk

You can also visit the Steady Steps web page.

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