Falls Management Exercise Programme

(Postural Stability Instruction) 

 

  • Mondays 2.30pm Attendance
  • Location Birchwood Leisure Centre AL10 0AN
  • FREE of charge. 
  • The session will consist of 60min exercise followed by 30min social (refreshments included).

What is Postural Stability?

Postural Stability Instruction (PSI) is the only evidence-based exercise that provides proven outcomes for frequent or recurrent fallers.

If you have fallen in the past 12 months, you are not alone. Every year 35% of those over 65’s experience one or more falls and 45% of people aged over 80 who live in the community will fall each year. Following a fall, less than 50% of those over 65’s will regain their former level of independence.

The Postural Stability Exercise Service will not only support you to improve muscle strength, balance, and confidence it will also support you to access wider health and wellbeing services, enabling you to gain the greatest benefits from the programme. However, there are certain expectations of you, and you must not only commit to 20 one-hour classes but also commit to an individually tailored exercise programme which you will undertake at home for a minimum of 6 months.

Benefits of the Service

The programme should help participants:

  • Understand the wider benefits of exercise
  • Be motivated to build the level of exercise gradually
  • Maintain independence
  • Undertake appropriate exercise during the programme
  • Have a reduced fear of falling
  • Get up off the floor if a fall occurs
  • Have increased confidence
  • Meet others

Access to the Service 

  • If you want to refer yourself to the service, you must complete the programme referral form accessible via email: wellbeing@hatfield-herts.gov.uk or call 01707 270772 (please ask for Pav)
  • Referrals to the service can come through health professionals such as Community Intermediate Care Service, a physiotherapist or GP
  • Participants must be 65 and older with a history of falls in the last 12 months

Instructor

Fully qualified and insured Level 4 Postural Stability Instructor (Later Life Training) with experience in working with adults living with long term health conditions.  

Exclusions 

Unfortunately, there may be some older people with certain health conditions who will not be suitable for the programme. A list of exclusions can be obtained from Health & Wellbeing Manager at Birchwood Leisure Centre.