Strength balance training

Strength balance training

“Physios can help prevent repeated falls in older people”

So says NICE, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in its new quality standard for falls in older people.

Strength balance training

Older people with a history of falls should be referred to experts, such as physiotherapists, who can provide them with strength and balance training.

Falls are the leading cause of injury-related death in people over 75 in the UK.

NICE says that falls are the leading cause of injury-related death in people over 75 in the UK, and cost the NHS an estimated £2.3 billion each year. As a result, the quality standard aims to help NHS staff prevent further injury in older patients who have already had a fall.

Physiotherapist Vicki Goodwin, research officer for the CSP professional network Agile, was part of the NICE quality standards advisory committee, which developed the standards.

Quality standards

The document sets out a series of standards to ensure that older falls patients receive a comprehensive assessment and support to prevent them falling again.

These include that:

NHS organisations with inpatient beds should ensure that all staff follow ‘post-fall’ protocols, which include checking older people who have fallen for fractures and spinal injuries before they are moved.

Older people who have fallen in the past should see an expert who can help them start exercises to build up their muscle strength and improve balance.

Older people who are treated in hospital for a fall should be offered a visit from a trained professional who can check their home for anything that puts them at risk of falling again.

Full report from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy here…

Strength balance training

Physiotherapy helps restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability. It takes a holistic approach that involves the patient directly in their own care. Physiotherapists treat people of all ages, helping them manage pain and using a number of methods to aid recovery. Although they’re often thought of as just dealing with musculoskeletal problems, physiotherapists are trained healthcare professionals who work in many areas, and in particular strength balance training of the elderly.