Falls prevention services
08 Apr 2019
ACC in collaboration with PHOs and DHBs have injury prevention programmes in place across a number of our localities.
- These programmes were established in response to the number of unplanned hospitalisation rates due to frail elderly having falls.
- The aim of these programmes is to improve care within the primary care setting to reduce hospitalisation by connecting the "at risk of falls" frail elderly to community or in-home strength and balance programmes
- Research suggests that if the at risk group of patients are identified early, then support and reconditioning services can be applied to successfully maintain independence in the home, in essence "fracture free for life"
Injury prevention programmes are currently offered in the following locations. Click on the links to read more.
Falls risk threshold
From 18 April 2019, the patient prompt 'falls risk threshold' is also available across Waikato (as it has been in Taranaki and Tairāwhiti). This will be loaded into BPAC to help identify suitable patients for regionally appropriate Strength
and Balance services.