Falls Free 4 Life
Healthy Peterborough Falls Prevention Wellness Coaches are part of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Falls Prevention Services. We work with the NHS to support older people to maintain a high quality of life, remaining active and independent and enabling you to continue doing the things you want to.
- Falls Multi Factor Risk Assessments at community venues and GP surgeries
- Falls Action Plans to help reduce risk of future falls
- Personalised evidence-based home Strength and Balance programmes
- 26 weeks of 1:1 support
- Signposting to other services and community exercise classes.
You can contact us on 01733 590064 to complete a self referral or complete the referral form here
Alternatively you can ask your GP or Health Care Professional to refer you on your behalf.
Our team are also happy to come along to any local community groups or services who come into contact with Peterborough residents aged 65+ to discuss preventing falls.
Falls Prevention Case Study 1
Michael Kenny is one of our Falls Prevention clients. Michael has been working with Joe our Falls Prevention Wellness Coach since February 2019.
Here is Michael’s account of the Falls Prevention service.
What made you start doing strength and balance exercises?
I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s some years ago and didn’t want to give in to the disease, I didn’t want to give up. I’ve been told Parkinson’s disease is not curable, but I’ve also been told that doing strength and balance exercises can hold the disease at bay and help some of the symptoms I experience.
I was struggling with everything at home before I began exercising, particularly walking and getting up from a chair. I was feeling very unsteady when walking and I was struggling to pick my feet up. Getting up from a chair was the biggest thing, it was a major operation.
I’d also previously had a couple of falls and was worried about falling again.
What difference has it made to your life?
The muscles in my legs are getting stronger especially with using the weights I’ve been given they feel stronger. I’ve been able to walk around a lot easier at home, before I was shuffling a lot more which made me at risk of tripping, now I feel I can pick my feet up better. I can get up from a chair a lot easier, it’s only a small thing but it has made life a lot easier.
My general balance feels a lot better than it was and I’m less fearful of falling. I am now able to do more exercise than before, and I am now confident enough to attend 2 Parkinson’s community exercise classes per week which has also helped my progress.
How have the improvements made you feel?
The improvements have made me feel that there is hope. I have hope that I’m not going to just turn into a vegetable! I’m 69 now and the exercises have shown me that you are able to improve symptoms of Parkinson’s through exercise. I am now willing to do as many exercises as possible to maintain a high quality of life.
What would you say to others to encourage them to start doing the exercises?
I would encourage people to give it a go and try. The exercises are very practical and easy to do, I noticed changes after 6 weeks of exercise, my instructor Joe made the exercises easy to understand and he keeps pushing me to achieve more each time I see him.