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PO Box 505 Hurstville BC NSW 1481
Hurstville 2220
Tel 0412 477 526
Fax (02) 9585 2144

Falls Prevention

Summit Health & Fitness provides a falls prevention program in 12 nursing homes located in the Georges River, Bayside, Sutherland and Liverpool council areas. This initative commenced in 2008 and our aim was simple: reduce the number of avoidable falls and hospitalisation resulting from falls.

Our falls prevention program offers variation, fun and energetic facilitation to engage residents, increase participation and enjoyment levels. The group exercise provides residents with the opportunity to participate in a safe and graded program. There is now clear evidence showing that exercise is beneficial for the prevention of falls in older people in particular exercises that challenge balance, which differs from the traditional pre-recorded DVD conducted in a seated position which do not challenge balance.

Exercise Physiologists (EPs) are able to supervise and instruct group exercise programs. We deliver a focused program that aims to:

  • Improve strength through resistance training
  • Improve mobility and balance
  • Reduce risk of falls in nursing homes
  • Improve confidence activities of daily living
  • Improve quality of life
  • Opportunity for social interaction

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If you don't use it ... you lose it

Resistance and weight bearing exercises is enhanced by gradually increasing muscle effort. Residents are encouraged to adopt different grades of Theraband or dumbbell weight as the exercise or movement feels light or somewhat easy as defined by the Borg Rating of Perceived Exertion scale.


ESSA Position Statement on Falls Prevention in Older Adults

QUICKSCREEN: Falls Prevention Screening Form

Trends in fall-related hospitalisations in NSW 1998-99 to 2011-12


Michael Russo

M: 0412 477 526