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Solutions 4 Health and Bracknell Forest Council to launch new Falls Prevention and Strength and Balance Service for local people

3 February 2015

We are pleased to announce the launch of our Falls Prevention and Strength and Balance Service in Bracknell on 1 March 2015. This unique new service will be delivered in partnership with The Public Health Team at Bracknell Forest Council, as part of our ongoing initiative to improve the health of the local population.

The service will provide a new secondary level of support to those with a moderate level of falls risk stopping short of the third level tier intensive specialist treatment. This will not only reduce the burden on hospital staff, GPs and other healthcare professionals by preventing avoidable progress to a higher level of care but will also help local people to improve their health and wellbeing.

Trained advisors will carry out a detailed assessment of falls risk to tailor a package of community based support for local residents that best suits their needs. Exercise programmes will include Tai Chi, individualised and group exercise sessions and home exercise programmes for older adults.

We will be working in collaboration with a range of local agencies including the Fire and Rescue service, community pharmacies, social services and community services such as the Citizens Advice Bureau to reach out to the local population.

Kathryn Mullen, Public Health Programme Officer, Bracknell Forest Council said: ”Often we don’t know if someone is at risk of falling until they fall, potentially causing themselves serious harm. By developing the falls service we will be able to prevent falls before they happen, giving people more confidence in their mobility and helping them to live healthier lives. We are very excited to be working with Solutions 4 Health to provide much needed friendly advice and support to older people living in Bracknell Forest!”

Leena Sankla, Project Director – Public Health and Lifestyle Services, Solutions 4 Health said: “We are delighted to announce the launch of the Falls Prevention and Strength and Balance Service for local people in Bracknell. This preventative service will work to significantly reduce the burden on health professionals and will also increase awareness in the local community to enable people to take care of their health.”

For more information on this service contact: Negar Avaregan, Public Health Support Officer, Solutions 4 Health. Tel: 01183 341861 Email: negar.avaregan@solutions4health.co.uk

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