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Falls prevention service & programmes

The community-based Falls Prevention Service aims to help people who have had falls in the past 12 months, are worried about falling, or who could improve their leg strength and balance.

A physiotherapist will visit you at home and fully assess you. They will then plan an exercise programme with you, and a walking programme if that is appropriate. They will let you know how often to do your exercises or go walking.

Where appropriate, they will align the programme with services you are already receiving.

The Falls Prevention Service is free, and your doctor or other health professional can recommend you for it. This brochure tells you about the programme.

Falls prevention programmes

As part of this service, your physiotherapist may recommend you take part in the Modified Otago Exercise Programme (MOEP). This involves a physiotherapist designing a year-long exercise programme for you to increase your muscle strength and balance. It includes free follow-up visits and phone calls. MOEP is the most appropriate programme for 70% of people referred to the Community Falls Prevention Service.

If you do not need the MOEP, your falls champion will talk with you to find out what would be the most appropriate programme for you, and to support you in that programme. This might include:

Information provided by the Canterbury DHB. Adapted by the West Coast DHB. Page created April 2017.

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