A survey (PDF 401KB) conducted for SA Health in 2015 showed that older people now have a better understanding of the things that can be done to reduce their falls risk, than when a previous survey was conducted in 2007. The actions people know to do include:
modifying the home and removing obstacles such as electric cords
using a walking aid
having an assessment of balance, walking and/or muscle strength
doing regular balance exercises
having eyesight/glasses checked regularly
increasing physical activity levels.
Falls risk assessment and care planning
Medical records forms (usually numbered MR58, MR58a and 58b) can be ordered from the SA Health Distribution Centre by completing a Medical Records Order Form (PDF 138KB). There are Sunrise versions of these paper forms.
Finding the right falls prevention service – where and how to refer
Each Local Health Network (LHN) has a streamlined system to assist referrers and older people to access the right service at the right time. See Falls Prevention Services for details.
For Country SA services, please contact your local community health service for information about services that are available close to you. You can also contact the Falls Program Manager on Health.CHSAFallsPreventionProject@sa.gov.au
Posters have also been developed to use around the health care setting, or in displays to remind patients on the importance of falls prevention. Selected languages are also available.
Falls Prevention in SA features falls prevention resources for consumers, including information on courses and workshops.
Strength for Life promotes health and well-being and helps reduce the risk of falling in people over 50, through strength and balance training programs that are run by accredited community-based fitness providers.
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