Falls prevention service
06 Mar 2018
About the service
Taranaki falls prevention service (FPS), a partnership between Pinnacle MHN,
Taranaki DHB and ACC, was launched mid-2017 and is now well established across
service provides frail elderly in the region with access to a free year-long
in-home strength and balance programme.
- It is led
by a falls prevention therapist and a falls prevention assistant working as
part of the Pinnacle MHN Taranaki multidisciplinary team (MDT).
- Those eligible for the service have an initial visit, then a
follow-up at two, four and eight weeks; six months; 12 months; as well as phone
calls and extra visits if required. Each time we visit participants we go over
prescribed exercises and do some tests to gauge strength and balance
service was primarily established in response to the number of unplanned
hospitalisation rates due to frail elderly having falls. People aged 75 years
old and over comprise of 7.5 per cent of the Taranaki population, however
unplanned hospitalisation rates for older people amount to nearly 4,790, or 26
- The aim
of the FPS is to improve care within the primary care setting to reduce
hospitalisation. Prior to this service being up and running in Taranaki, there
was no service to proactively prevent falls.
community strength and balance programme is being co-ordinated by Sport
Taranaki. For further information visit: www.sporttaranaki.org.nz/health/strength-and-balance/
Patients are eligible for a free falls
assessment with their GP if they are:
- Aged 75 years and older (or like age) and
enrolled with a Pinnacle MHN general practice
- Maori, Asian and Pacific Island people aged 65-74 years older (or like age) and enrolled with a Pinnacle MHN general practice
How to refer
General practice provides a key point of
access to the FPS. Practices across the Taranaki region are currently
screening, assessing and referring eligible patients to the in-home programme.
- Complete the Pinnacle MHN Community MDT e-referral. Under the 'clinical details' tab please tick 'include screening results', and ensure falls assessment is included..
For more information about the programme,
contact Taranaki GP liaison and FPS project lead Nadja Gottfert: (06) 759 4364