A survey by the Royal College of Physicians suggests that the purpose of Falls Clinics are not fully understood and that patients are not using these clinics and thereby possibly putting their own individual independence in jeopardy.
Falls Clinics are meant to be the follow up for someone who has had a fall to ensure that the risk of having a further fall is minimised.
Falls Clinics can provide medication reviews, physical and memory assessments, checks on vision, hearing, balance and strength. The Clinic can help their patients with appropriate safety and independence aids in their home and can suggest exercises and activities all of which can prevent a further fall.
Approximately 60,000 people each year break a hip because of a fall and there are around 14,000 deaths per year as a result of falling.
Falls Clinics are available on a nationwide basis.
Sam Clarke visited a client in Birmingham for a review.
Prospective clients were assessed in Scotland and Devon.
All new applicants to the ILF must have funding agreed from a Local Authority for Qualifying Support and Services to the value of at least �320.00per week net of any LA user charges. Applicants who are not in work must have an expected combined LA and ILF package gross cost of at least �500.00per week. The maximum amount that the ILF can contribute is �455.00 net of charges. The combined net cost of the package from LA and ILF must not exceed �785.00pw for the first six months.
(Source: ILF Mch 2008)
Question of the Week
"With the recent ParaOlympics over, I know of a couple of young people who would like to take up a sport of some kind, but initially would like to begin by getting fitter at a gym. Do all gyms cater for disabled people or how can they find out if there is one near to where they live that is appropriate for their needs? Have you any suggestions?"
Answer : The Direct Gov site gives details of The Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI) which is working to ensure that disabled people gain equal access to gym-based physical activity. It has a current network of over 180 inclusive facilities across England. The criteria that IFI looks into are:
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Able Community Care.