07 Nov 2014
Anchor’s Customers Engagement Advisor, Debbie Sharples Kirkbride MBE, took part in a panel discussion exploring fall prevention through activity at the Birmingham Care Show on 5 November.
The discussion focused on how physical exercise, activities and mental stimulation help older people and younger people with disabilities to avoid falls in both a care setting and at home.
Debbie was joined in the discussion by Steve Reynolds, Chairman of Trustees, National Association for Providers of Activities for Older People (NAPA) and Stephen Powell, Director of UK Training, Performance Health Systems UK Ltd. Falls are a significant cause for concern and a leading cause of injury-related hospital admissions for older people.
The group discussed the important role caregivers have in fall prevention, how physical activity helps to prevent falls as well as a range of new innovations that provide therapeutic intervention for falls prevention.
Debbie commented: “The Care Show provided us with a great opportunity to showcase what we do at Anchor.
“Through our wide range of physical activities that are fun and creative, we help older people stay active which is pivotal to help reducing falls and the catastrophic effects having a fall can have on someone’s life.
“We are now rolling out exercise training for our activity coordinators and care colleagues which will enable all of our care home residents and customers from housing locations who live close by, to benefit from physical activity.
”Participation in activities to promote social engagement is strongly associated with life satisfaction. There is growing evidence of an association between physical activity and the maintenance of health at all ages. In older age an active lifestyle with a moderate amount of exercise can reduce the risk of falls and help to maintenance independence, contribute to positive mental health and help to combat loneliness and isolation.”