Increase Mobility in Care Homes
Falls in care homes can significantly impact a person’s wellbeing, mobility and confidence. Across Greater Essex and specifically Epping Forest, falls are a growing concern for older people, their families and carers, as well as health and social care providers.
Multiple factors can contribute to the risk of falling. In many cases, taking the right steps at the right time can actively support an individual and significantly reduce their risk with any long-term harm associated with falling.
The falls prevention project has now been adopted into the Prevention and Enablement Model (PEM) by Essex County Council. This will help to further embed the training into the daily routine of all care staff, rather than that solely of the activity coordinator or external experts.
The Active Essex and Epping Forest District Council held a workshop with care home staff and activity coordinators to change their perspective about strength and balance activities and how they can incorporate this into the residents daily schedules. Many were apprehensive, thinking they could do more harm than good. The workshop challenged this thinking and gave them vital tools to provide activities on a regular basis.Lesley Cruickshank, Provider Quality Innovation Manager, Essex County Council