Resources for an individual in their own home

Click on the titled tabs below to review our in home resources

These are helpful for an individual, a family member of relative supporting a loved one or other community and voluntary support staff.

Falls Risk FactorIncludes
Overarching Key Risk FactorsMuscle Strength, rushing to the toilet, medication, eyesight and alchol
FootwearTaking care of your feet, checking casual factors
Environmental ChecksIdentifying and assessing home hazards
MedicationReviewing medication & understanding precipitating factors
Visual AwarenessChecking eye health
Equipment and Walking AidsAuditing physical & technological aids
Nutrition and Hydration
How a healthy diet can help reduce falls
Exercises Includes
Aiding Physical Activity Motivation and training ideas, including gaining qualifications and seeking professional advice
Chair Based Exercises for mobility Chair Based Exercise tips for service users, understanding the legal boundaries
Exercise Tips for strength and balance Standing balance exercises for more mobile service users
Hertfordshire’s Exercise Matrix Further guidance and downloads

InterventionIncludes
What to do when a fall occursHow to encourage standing up and making the Service User comfortable
SBAR Tool The Hertfordshire SBAR tool can be utilised to support your service and staff to assess a situation and contact the right health service.
Falls ChecklistThis falls checklist is a guideline used by the East of England Ambulance service and is
used as a recommendation on how to best respond to a fall.

Innovative IdeasIncludes
Fix up your frameTransforming Service User walking aids
Light your nightReducing night-time falls risks
TechnologyUtilise simple technology to help stop falls
Assessment Description
Falls Risk Assessment Tool (FRAT) This is a quick and easy tool to assess an individual’s falls risk. This tool can be used for all individuals you think may be at risk of falling and gives guidance on specific areas surrounding the individuals falls risk.
Provider Self Assessment Self-assessment for falls policies and procedures within a care setting. Prevention Toolkit
Service User Screen Assessment Reviewing medication & understanding precipitating factors
Timed Up and go Determines the falls risk and measures the progress of balance, sitting to standing and walking.
PRISMA Frailty Assessment A 7 item questionnaire to identify frailty in individuals

Key ContactsAdvice OfferedWebsite

Hertfordshire Care Providers AssociationSharing best practice in care through partnership and information, advice and falls prevention trainingwww.hcpa.info
Age UKInformation on falls prevention and exercise classeswww.ageuk.org.uk/falls
AgilePhysiotherapists specialising in working with older peopleagile.csp.org.uk
AT DementiaDementia advice and supportwww.atdementia.org.uk
Cancer ResearchSupport on stopping smokingwww.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer
The Chartered Society of
Physiotherapy
Be referred to a physiotherapist by your GP, self-refer or find a local private physiowww.Physio2u.co.uk
Disabled Living FoundationDLF is a national charity
providing impartial advice, information and training on equipment for independent living
www.dlf.org.uk
Drink AwareAdvice on alcoholwww.drinkaware.co.uk
Hertfordshire Action on
Disability (HAD)
Disability equipment and advicewww.hadnet.org
Hertfordshire Equipment Service (HES)Equipment, furniture,
assessments and maintenance
www.hertsdirect.org
Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue ServiceThe Fire Service complete a ‘Safe and Well Assessment’ to identify any fall or safety hazards in your homewww.hertfordshire.gov.uk/
services/fire-and-rescue/
Hertfordshire Independent Living ServiceProvides a range of services to help older and vulnerable people stay happy, healthy, and independentwww.hertsindependentliving.org
Herts HelpA network of community organisations in Hertfordshire working togetherwww.hertsdirect.org/hertshelp
National Osteoporosis SocietyHelp and support with Osteoporosiswww.Nos.org.uk
NHS Live WellGuidance on Nutrition, Hydration and Physical Activitywww.nhs.uk/Livewell/Goodfood/Pages/Healthyeating.aspx
NHS Podiatry ServiceContact for any podiatry needswww.hct.nhs.uk/our-services/
podiatry-service
Parkinson’s UKHelp and support with Parkinson’swww.Parkinsons.org.uk
Royal College of Occupational TherapistsProfessional and clinical informationwww.RCot.co.uk
Slipper SwapSwap your old slippers for a new and safer pair!www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/slipperswap
SpecsaversFree sight tests in homes and care homes for the elderlywww.specsavers.co.uk/stores/
select-a-store
Unforgettable.orgProducts designed to aid a person living with Dementiawww.unforgettable.org

PoliciesIncludes
Falls Risk Identification in the communityHow to consider a falls risk
Proactive Management of person
at risk of Falls in the Community
Identifying falls risk