We would like to wish all our customers, partners and supporters a very Happy, Healthy New Year.
Thank you for being part of our journey, we look forward to seeing you in 2020!
We are delighted to announce Adur & Worthing Councils have recently appointed AHS Wellbeing to manage the new Falls Prevention Programme for people in Adur & Worthing. The referral-based programme will consist of funded Strength and Balance group classes, plus 1-2-1 appointments for people unable to attend a group.
AHS Wellbeing Director, Simon Adby said ” Our community based Wellbalanced programme is affordable, accessible and has proven to have a positive impact on participants in Mid Sussex. We now look forward to working with Adur & Worthing Councils to bring these benefits to people in Adur & Worthing”.
We are delighted to be able to offer a limited number of places on the Postural Stability Instructor Training Course being delivered by Later Life Training in Haywards Heath this Summer.
This fabulous training course is an intensive learning journey spanning approximately 4 months blended learning which means a mix of online tasks and 4 face to face training days (including assessed elements).
Providing you with professionals skills to deliver effective and fun exercise opportunities for older people with a fear or history of falls and to improve habitual physical activity and reduce falls risk in the general older adult population I. Once qualified, there maybe opportunities for you to work with us delivering community based balance classes.
If you are a level 3 fitness instructor interested in working with older people, please leave your details below and we’ll be in touch.
The new classes will provide additional opportunities for Mid Sussex to Raise the Bar on Strength & Balance. The new Strength & Balance classes will be available in Crawley Down and Hassocks, as well as at existing venues in Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath.
Please get in touch for further information.
We are delighted to be working with Later Life Training to deliver a Postural Stability Instructor Course at Clair Hall, Haywards Heath In August & September 2019.
We hope that by creating more training opportunities will can help more people through our Well Balanced Falls Prevention Programme,reducing the risk of falls and greatly improving the quality of life for participants in their later years.
If you are a level 3 Fitness professional or Physiotherapist and would like to specialise in working with older people, please get in touch. Training course information can be found on the Later Life Training Website here
Risk of falling is an inevitable part of ageing, with muscle weakness and poor balance identified as the two most common modifiable risk factors for falls.
Although NHS rehabilitation services provide strength and balance programmes they are often of limited length so there is a need for effective community-based strength and balance programmes. However, community-based programmes are often underfunded and do not join up to work together.
The Centre for Ageing Better commissioned the University of Manchester’s Healthy Ageing Research Group to bridge the gap between evidence and practice. It looks directly at communities to better understand their local challenges and identify practical examples of doing things differently. Their new report, “Raising the bar on strength and balance” presents the models of delivery, issues, barriers and innovative solutions that support effective community-based programmes.
Active House Solutions is celebrating the success of its WellBalanced falls prevention programme in Sussex. The public health consultancy has demonstrated 75% of its participants are continuing to exercise, whilst 80% improved or maintained their strength and balance after completing the twenty-four week programme.
Active Health Solutions employed ReferAll’s online exercise referral software solution when they took ownership of the falls prevention programme in July 2017. It has proved crucial not only to maintaining the security of their sensitive patient data but also in reducing administration time.
Debbie Beesley, Customer Experience & Marketing Director at Active House Solutions, said: “People aged sixty-five and over have the highest risk of falling: around a third of people fall at least once a year. This figure is around half for those aged eighty and over. Falling is a cause of distress, pain and injury and leads to loss of both confidence and independence. The NHS reported in 2017 that the total cost for falls among older people could be estimated at around two billion pounds. The outlook for patients following falls is also poor: in the first year following a hip fracture, there is an increased mortality of between eighteen and thirty-three per cent.
“However, this is not simply a problem associated with a fall, it is what happens after that reduces their quality of life and potentially inhibits their lifestyle: the beginning of a downward spiral of social isolation. Running our WellBalanced classes not only saves the NHS money by reducing falls but also has a huge social impact for the older community by ensuring their continued enjoyment of life.”
Run in collaboration with People for Places Leisure (PfPL) and Mid Sussex Wellbeing, the WellBalanced programme is a community-based falls prevention programme for the frail and elderly at risk of falling. The course consists of balance and strengthening exercises, designed to reduce the risk of falls. Commissioned by Mid Sussex District Council, the programme costs participants just one pound per class, with patients being referred to the classes by local hospitals, GPs or Practice Nurses. The classes take place in Burgess Hill, East Grinstead and Haywards Heath.
All programme participants complete functional assessment, such as the four-stage balance test, as well as wellbeing questionnaires at the start, at twelve and twenty-four weeks to measure their progress and evaluate their future risk of falls.
Beesley commented: “The superior functionality of ReferAll’s software means we can track any participant at any time throughout the programme. This, alongside the reporting feature, is crucial as we are ‘publicly’ funded by Mid Sussex Wellbeing. It means we need to provide evaluation reports to evidence the impact of the falls prevention programme. With ReferAll we can all input into the participant’s records and every touch point is recorded: all the information is securely held in one place. By using one system, rather than lots of spreadsheets, we have saved admin hours too.
“However, it is our participants’ feedback that make us really proud: many of our participants say the classes make them ‘feel good’. One man in his sixties said he found it ‘absolutely super’. Most importantly, they are encouraged to go out and get active, exercising daily. We are now hoping to grow our programmes by collaboratively working with PfPL to refer people from our WellBalanced classes to its Exercise on Referral programme and vice a versa.”
For further information visit www.refer-all.net.
Written by Amanda Baker, Big Fish Public Relations
It was great catching up with past colleagues and present customers at the recent Active Sussex Network Event 2018.
We particularly enjoyed the presentation by Karen Creavin, CEO of The Active Wellbeing Society in Birmingham. From tackling social isolation to getting more people active, they have developed some effective initiatives,well worth taking a look!