Elderly people in Portsmouth who have had a fall, or are afraid of falling, are being invited to attend free classes run by physiotherapists from Solent NHS Trust.
Whilst having the odd slip or trip is normal for most of us, if you are over 65, a fall can have lasting and devastating effects. Having a fall can cause injury, destroy confidence, reduce independence and can cause a person to be nervous about taking part in any physical activity.
It is estimated that the Falls Clinic team have over 400 falls by increasing balance and strength and providing information and advice to older people who have had falls or who are afraid of falling. The classes help to improve confidence, balance and lower limb strength. Lots of people who have attended one of the classes have come back to tell us how their confidence has grown and many people are able to walk unsupported as a result. “Once someone has a fall, it is understandable that they would be nervous that it may happen again. We do all we can to address their fear and get them back on their feet,” said Chantel Ostler, Senior Physiotherapist.
Preventing falls has a huge impact on the NHS as a whole, and can lead to fewer admissions to emergency departments. For more information about the classes, please contact Chantel Ostler on 023 9268 2673 or talk to your GP.
Classes run across Portsmouth and transport is provided to make it even easier for people to attend. Classes are held at the Turner Centre at St James Hospital, Paulsgrove Healthy Living Centre and Eastney Health Centre at various times across the week.
Notes for Editors:
Solent NHS Trust was created on 1 April 2011. We provide a range of community and specialist mental health services to over a million people in Southampton, Portsmouth and parts of Hampshire.
For more information please contact Lauren Riddle, Communications Officer, Solent NHS Trust on 023 8060 8935.