Merton Falls Prevention Service
The Falls Prevention Service provides valuable education and support. Not only for people who have fallen before but also people who are worried about falling or are deemed “at risk of falling”. We provide a comprehensive multifactorial falls risk assessment in a person’s home environment to identify any factors that may be contributing to a risk of falling. We cover topics from vision and balance to muscular strength, foot health and the home environment and provide advice and support to minimise their falls risk based on the individual and can then refer onwards to other specialist services within CLCH and externally to ensure adequate support is provided. We also provide Falls Prevention “Staying Steady” Programmes for those of our patients that would benefit from group exercise, these focus on strengthening, balance and education but more importantly having fun in a social environment.
- 22 July 2019
- Local Alliances:
- Merton Dementia Action Alliance
1. Action Plan
1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?
The Falls Prevention Service regularly receives referrals to see people in the community who have diagnoses of or suspected emergence of dementia. Our team is able to provide support and rehabilitation for patients with physical deficits, and reassurance for families and carers.
As well as advice and onward referral for those that need specialist dementia support.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
The challenges we currently face are a relative lack of understanding of the pathology, progression and symptoms of dementia and how to provide the best advice and support to our patients with dementia.
To improve our understanding of dementia
For all members of the team to become Dementia Friends via online training
To help develop access to appropriate exercise for those with dementia and their carers
To develop Dementia Friendly Exercise Classes for people living with dementia and their carers.
To enable referral pathways between the Dementia Hub and the Falls Prevention Service to improve community care for those living with dementia.
To develop a suitable referral process and provide appropriate referral forms to enable referrals between the Dementia Hub and the Falls Prevention