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Falls Prevention Education Sessions

Let’s Get Steady is a FREE 2½ hour falls prevention session that offers practical advice and guidance to reduce the risks of falls for individuals who have recently had a fall, are at risk of falling due to a long-term condition or are worried about falling.

The sessions are held monthly across both Guildford and Waverley boroughs.

The session will provide:

• advice on strength and balance from a Physiotherapist
• advice on medication, hydration and nutrition from a Community Matron.
• advice on safety within your home environment from an Occupational Therapist
• advice on sensory issues and foot care
• advice on the latest alarms and sensors available
• walking aid MOT
• free resource booklet packed with useful local information
• free Falls booklet
• referral to community connector or development co-ordinator

Ask your GP, practice nurse or community matron for a referral in to this service or contact the Council’s Care and Repair Team on 01483 444476 or 444347 for more information.

Let's Get Steady leaflet [pdf, 300kb]

Signposting to Local Services and Activities

The Diocese of Guildford supports the Guildford community by signposting individuals to services and activities within their local community.

Contact T: 01483 790 300 E: info@cofeguildford.org.uk

Waverley has a number of voluntary sector organisations that deliver services for older people that offer activities and friendship within a social setting.  In particular, Age UK Surrey offer services to older people to enable them to stay independent and connected to local services.

Contact: 01483 503 414 E: enquiries@ageuksurrey.org.uk

Leisure Centres – Guildford and Waverley Borough Councils

Leisure centres offer fun and social ways for older people to keep fit and healthy.  They provide a variety of sessions specifically for older people including falls prevention and strength and balance. Activities on offer will vary between individual leisure centres.

Medication Reviews

It is important to review medications regularly if you are at risk of falling. Please ask your GP for further details.

Sight for Surrey (formerly the Surrey Association for Visual Impairment)

Contact T: 01372 377 701 E: info@sensoryservices.org.uk

Visual impairment can be a contributory factor leading to a fall. Sight for Surrey is a registered charity which works to help people with visual impairment to obtain support including assessment, reablement, rehabilitation and specialist equipment.

Intervention Services

Community Based Falls Service

The Community Services Team provides a community multidisciplinary falls service that focuses on the prevention and management of falls.

The service provides a home assessment and support to individuals who have had a fall or are at high risk of falling, minimising the risk of further falls and or injury. The team consists of Nurses, Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists.

Referral in to this service is via your GP.

The Care and Repair Team

This team is based at Guildford Borough Council but supports both Guildford and Waverley residents. It is a handy person service that provides half steps, external galvanised rails and free grab rails. A free home safety check is also offered to identify any potential falls risk. The team supports individuals to apply for disabled facility grants when adaptations to their property are required.

Contact T: 01483 444 476

Personal Alarms

Telecare Guildford T: 01483 502 334 E: telecaredirect@guildford.gov.uk

Careline Waverley T: 01483 523 535 E: careline@waverley.gov.uk

These services provide residents with an alarm which they can press to connect to a central control centre, available 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. The operators assess the client’s needs and alert emergency services if required or contact someone from the client’s list of contacts. The service is free for the first 4 weeks. Additional equipment is available such as pill dispensers, bed sensors and falls detectors.

 


Page updated:16 November 2018
Next review due:15 May 2019
Model Publication Scheme:Class 9: The services we commission
 
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