100-year-old regains her strength!

100-year-old Veronica Hughes is using Hertfordshire Care Providers Association’s ‘StopFalls’ app with the help of her support worker Laura Brown, who visits her once a week to regain her strength following a stroke last year.

The app features videos of strength and balance exercises which can help prevent falls. This is particularly important in winter when colder temperatures cause a greater risk of tripping on icy pavements.

Veronica said: “I would encourage anyone to use the StopFalls service. The exercises are easy to follow and fun to do.”

Laura has also been posting videos of their exercise sessions on Facebook to help inspire others.

The campaign, which is in collaboration with Hertfordshire County Council, aims to prevent falls in both care homes and residential care settings.

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Keeping out of hospital

One of our gentlemen who joined us in December had previously been in hospital for a second broken hip, he was then relying on two carers plus the use of a rota stand to transfer before he came to our Care Home. He has regularly been taking part in the online exercise classes and as well as moving around the house the classes have really benefited his mobility and he has made major improvements and now transfers independently with no equipment required and walks confidently with a frame.  

What does this mean?

This gentleman has shown that working on improving his activity levels enables him to move better without equipment. This reduces costs of carers by preventing 2:1 care, equipment costs and future hospital admissions by improving independence and well-being. With the home taking a positive attitude to improve independence and enable the resident can preventing future health deterioration.  

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Proud moments: “I did it!”

After an HCPA StopFalls session, we used the technique for moving and handling where we encouraged a lady to wiggle to the edge of her seat and push up through her legs while holding the arms of the chair. She stood up with much more ease than usual and had a huge smile of pride on her face and exclaimed “I DID IT!”. We were so pleased for her and will continue to use this with all our residents from now on.

Many thanks for your advice and guidance, it’s made a huge difference to this one lady already and will continue to do so for many more at our home!

What does this mean?

Getting somebody standing will almost always outweigh sedentary behaviour. Standing with the correct technique will encourage individuals to use their legs and not just rely on getting up from a chair only using their arms or equipment, as this disables people, rather than enabling them.

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Supporting those at home with the StopFalls app

Several volunteers have supported their clients with the StopFalls exercises, some printed the exercises off and dropped them round to them.

One volunteer does face to face-to-face exercising with their client and downloaded the app onto his phone and they both take part, she asked him this week if he’d been doing the exercises…he said “oh yes!”

 Another volunteer said it really made him think about his client’s frailty and how he can support clients in improving their health and well-being.

Reach out Hertfordshire

What does this mean?

Many delegates have demonstrated that they have learnt new knowledge in identifying falls and frailty. The soon that an individual gets identified at risk of falls and frailty the quicker that actions can be put in place to support that person. It is important to understand and feel confident in increasing quality of life in all aspects of health promotion, it shows that we must take prevention seriously rather than only acting once there has been a fall or once a person is unwell. This therefore will prevent further falls and deterioration, increasing the quality of life by improving the confidence that care staff have.  

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Helped my confidence!

“I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the training  you are providing. This has helped with my confidence to be able to use the training skills in my daily routine with clients.  

For example, one of my clients relies on her walking frame to get up from her bed or armchair. By showing her how to shuffle forward onto the edge safely and then trying again to stand without pulling herself up using the frame has helped dramatically. She is now also feeling a lot more confident to be able to go the toilet without a carer being present.”

What does this mean? 

Sit to stand is something we all do regularly, somebody who is in pain or not positioned well will struggle to get up from a chair confidently with the correct technique. By this delegate showing her client how to stand properly and decreased levels of pain and increase independence, giving her the confidence to complete her personal care and other activities of daily living. By promoting this level of independence can prevent further support from being needed by care staff. Better health can prevent future illness and hospital admissions, overall affecting the quality of life and levels of dependency.