Falls Prevention Programme

There was a very successful Falls Collaborative Programme run in UL Hospitals Nenagh Hospital in 2013 which saw a reduction of 40% in the amount of patients falling whilst an inpatient. Following on from this a joint initiative between the acute hospital and North Tipperary PCCC has seen the introduction of a Falls Prevention Programme based in The Derg Centre Gortlandroe, Nenagh.

Sinead Kileen, A/Physiotherapy Manager in Nenagh hospital met with Alice McGinley, Primary Care Development Officer Pascal Moynihan, Specialist Services for Older People and received the backing needed to set up the service and met with the local PCCC teams.

Maura Cleary, Senior Physiotherapist in PCCC organised multidisciplinary meetings and brought together OTs, PHNs , Social workers and the Home Care coordinators to advance the project and Maura is leading the programme on the ground.

Fiona and Maura also met with local GPs to advise them of the new initiative.

The Falls Prevention Programme has the backing of the wider Nenagh area with Anna Kelly, Pharmacist and Spec Savers giving much needed talks on the respective areas to the clients and their carers.

Clients are currently referred from both the acute sector following discharge and from Health Professionals in the PCCC.

It runs for 8 weeks and has an exercise and education component weekly.

The aim of this programme/initiative is to

  • Prevent falls,
  • Identify and reduce the risk factors for falling,
  • Reduce the injuries from falls,
  • Manage falls effectively
  • Improve health and wellbeing

Each person residing in their own home in North Tipperary Network 9 (Nenagh, Newport, Ballina, Killaloe and Borrisokane), aged 65 and over, is eligible to receive a falls risk assessment on first contact with a Primary Care Health Professional. Those deemed eligible for a multidisciplinary falls programme due to their risk of falls will at their consent; participate in a falls education programme and/or a falls exercise class.

Example of Education Sessions:
Week Session Facilitator
1. Falls Prevention-Physiotherapy Perspective Maura Cleary
2. Falls Prevention-Occupational Therapy  Perspective Deirdre O’ Malley
3. Housing/Grants/Adaptations Margaret White
4. Medication and Falls Risk Anna Kelly
5. The Role of Diet in Falls Prevention Kay Finn
6. Feet and Footwear Brigette Hayden
7. Eye Screening and Falls Specsavers rep
8. Incontinence Ann O’ Farrell

 

For further information contact

  • Maura Cleary Senior Physiotherapist Tyone HC (067) 46454 or Derg (067) 46729
  • Sinead Kileen A/Physiotherapy Manager Nenagh Hospital (067)42300