Falls Prevention Service
The Falls Prevention Service provides assessment, advice and exercise modalities for people aged 65 and over who are at risk of falling.
Overview of the service
The Falls Prevention Service aims to prevent falls and unnecessary admission to hospital by seeing a patient before an injurious fall occurs or by supporting patients with a maintenance programme after rehabilitation. We do this by providing assessment, advice and exercise modalities to increase a person's ability to move safely, increasing confidence and promoting active ageing.
The services we provide include:
- Multifactorial falls risk assessment in our Falls Clinic
- Home response by a physiotherapist and/or occupational therapist with a comprehensive assessment to give personalised falls prevention advice and intervention. This will include a home exercise plan.
- Onward referrals for further interventions/advice.
- Falls prevention exercise and advice classes in community settings (eight weeks) for different levels of ability.
Who can access this service?
To access this service, patients must:
- Be 65 years and over
- Be registered with a Sutton GP
- Have had 2 or more falls in the past 12 months or feel unsteady, have a fear of falling or be at risk of falling.
This service is not suitable for patients who are:
- Medically unstable
Team members who could be involved in care are:
- Occupational therapist
- Clinical Nurse
- Assistant Practitioner
- Rehabilitation Assistant.
Is patient self-referral available?
Yes, you can self-refer using this online form.
Is transport provided?
No, patients will need to provide their own transport.
Are home visits available?
Yes. Suitability for home visits would be determined during clinical triage or following your clinic appointment.