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Bracknell Forest Council have recently launched FallsFree4Life falls prevention service. The service can be accessed by anyone over 65 living in Bracknell Forest who is concerned that they are at risk of falling.
The greatest predictor of falls risk is having a fall; when the damage may well have already been done. In the past, local services have reflected this and have primarily been aimed at older people who have already fallen. This new service has brought falls prevention further upstream, with an aim to preventing falls before they occur.
Bracknell Forest residents can make an appointment to have one of the team’s friendly wellness coaches visit their home and undertake a full in-depth falls risk assessment, covering all factors that can increase this risk.
The wellness coach can offer tailored advice to reduce risk based on the person’s outcome of the assessment and can also refer individuals onto further community support if needed (GPs for medication reviews, Forestcare, NRS equipment and Age UK Handyman service, opticians, Involve’s Community Choices and Befriending scheme and the new Well Balanced strength and balance classes, also funded by Bracknell Forest Council Public Health).
It is the service’s aim to get as many Bracknell Forest residents as possible talking about the risks and prevention of falls. Therefore, although assessments can only be undertaken with over 65s, FallsFree4Life encourage family and friends to raise the issue with anyone that they know who may be at risk. Tools are available at www.fallsfree4life.co.uk in order to do so, and as it is a self referral service appointments can be made on behalf of a person, with their consent.
This service is part of a larger pathway of falls services across the healthcare system in the area. Bracknell Forest Public Health are working closely with existing services, such as Community Response and Reablement, to ensure that referrals between these services are seamless and are best suited to each person’s needs.
Further information about the new service and falls prevention advice can be found www.fallsfree4life.co.uk.