Falls prevention classes get Cheshire East Residents confidence back

By Everybody Sport March 29, 2018

Falls prevention classes get Cheshire East Residents confidence back.

 

Having a fall can be a terrifying experience and Everybody Leisure are here to help with their falls prevention programme, Be Steady Be Safe.

Be Steady Be Safe is a free 24 week Otago exercise programme, consisting of 15 strength and balance exercise classes, prescribed home exercises and education on reducing falls risk factors. Helping you to increase your confidence, remain independent and in your own home for longer.

Mary Dickinson who attends the Be Steady Be Safe classes in Sandbach shares,

“The classes are absolutely super – I had balance and strength problems and it has improved tremendously since doing these “happy” classes.  It has been a very positive experience.  Something else which is good is at the end of the class we get together and have tea and cakes (if we are celebrating someone’s birthday) – the classes have helped me settle so well and everyone is friendly. 

My balance is much better –I was on the verge of using a stick and now I feel more confident and don’t need a stick.”

The exercise programme consists of a set of leg muscle strengthening and balance retraining exercises, progressing in difficulty, and a walking plan. You will receive a booklet with instructions for each exercise prescribed and issued ankle cuff weights in the class to provide resistance for the strengthening exercises.

Classes are held across Cheshire East, at various venues, days and times, delivered by Everybody Leisure’s Otago LeadersIf you would like to access the programme you must be, a Cheshire East resident, aged 65 years and over , and have one or more of the following; fallen in the past 12 months, poor balance and mobility, osteoporosis.

In order to monitor and evaluate your progress, you will complete a falls assessment at week one, mid way at 3 months and at the end of the 24 week programme. At 24 weeks your support does not stop there, you can then transfer into a maintenance stage, which will include moving-on classes in order to aid progression. This will then become chargeable to you.

For further information or to book on to the Be Steady Be Safe programme, please contact Everybody Healthy: ebhealthy@everybody.org.uk or phone: 01625 383943. Take a look at the class in action and meet some of our members who have made amazing changes to their lives: