Stay standing with falls prevention program

When Candy P started having falls and lengthy hospital stays in 2018 she knew she had to make some changes. And so Candy became one of dozens of seniors last year who participated in Jubilee’s Stay Standing program. The program consists of group sessions over eight weeks to help improve your balance and confidence, and reduce your risk of falls.

For Candy, Stay Standing gave her the chance to practise her exercises to improve her balance and confidence. ‘‘I now have the confidence to move unaided in small spaces and that’s quite an achievement from when I was using a trolley or going from piece of furniture to piece of furniture,’’ Candy said. And Candy would recommend the program. ‘‘I’m so taken with it I want to have another go.’’

Stay Standing is the only accredited falls prevention program in Australia and includes a home program of exercises based on the Otago Exercise Program.Sessions are held on a Friday and each one includes structured exercises, presentations from allied health specialists and morning tea.

Program topics covered include:
* Assessment with physiotherapists Monique or Tim and home program of exercises to prevent falls in week one.
* Falls contingency planning, SMART goals and managing chronic pain.
* Managing continence with a nurse and Healthy Bones with a dietician.
* Safety at home with an occupational therapist, Vision with an optometrist and Hearing with a audiologist.
* Footwear to stay safe and comfortable on your feet with a podiatrist and Safety away from home with the Queensland Police Service.
* Managing medication and sleep with a Pharmacist.
* First Aid with the Queensland Ambulance Service including recognising common senior emergencies.
* Exercise review and outcomes and a celebration in the final week.

Stay Standing will begin in Indooroopilly on February 8, Bellbowrie on May 3, Indooroopilly again on July 19 and at Ashgrove on October 11. To find out more or book your spot phone Jubilee Community Care on 3871 3220.



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