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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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.

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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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