The Active and healthy ageing, falls prevention and assessment programme is a free HSE programme to help reduce the risk of falls in people aged 65 or over.
The programme is for any person aged 65 or over who is at risk of falling, or has had a fall in the past.
About the programme
it involves, firstly, meeting with a specialist Falls Nurse.
This will take approximately one and a half hours. The Falls Nurse will ask you about:
- Any falls or times you have nearly fallen
- Dizziness, light-headedness or drowsiness
- Medications and medical history
- Home environment and daily routine
Then we will make a plan with you which may include referring you to other services, if you require them, such as:
- Podiatry (also known as Chiropody)
- Continence Care (Healthy bladder and bowel service)
Three months after your Falls Clinic appointment the Falls Nurse will ring you so you can discuss your progress and any concerns you have.
Falls Clinics are held at 7 Community Hospitals in County Donegal:
The Sheil Hospital
071 985 1300
Carndonagh Community Hospital
074 937 4164
Dungloe Community Hospital
074 952 1044
Killybegs Community Hospital
074 973 2044
Ramelton Community Hospital
074 915 1049
St Joseph’s Hospital
074 918 9719
Donegal Community Hospital
074 972 1019
Your GP, Practice Nurse, Public Health Nurse, or any other healthcare professional can refer you.
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