Residents get fit with Falls Prevention

Published: Thursday, 07 August 2014 Written by Jude Bailey

Residents throughout the borough are getting fit with falls prevention exercise classes, put on by Fit4All. These classes have been funded by NHS Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and in partnership with the Wrekin Housing Trust.

 

I am Jude Bailey, managing director at Fit4All Exercise and Sports Therapy and I coordinate my team of private exercise specialists to deliver these great sessions across the borough of Telford and Wrekin.

Working in partnership with the Wrekin Housing Trust we are delivering classes to hundreds of residents in the sheltered housing scheme and helping the residents to get fit to prevent falls as well as giving them a better quality of life!

I was up at Chilcott Gardens class and I was speaking to Gillian who gave the service a great review. Gillian said:  “I enjoy coming to class every week. Since coming to the classes have noticed the benefits both physically, by using muscles than I would not normally use and socially being in a small friendly group of people. I really enjoy it!” Gillian rated the service 5 stars.

The programme hosts weekly sessions which lasts an hour and is designed to improve muscular strength, flexibility, coordination and balance, which in turn helps to improve mobility and maintain the participants' independence. It includes a range of seated exercises, with some stability exercises which may include some supported and unsupported standing exercises and the programme is wheelchair friendly.

I think that this programme is great and so beneficial to the elderly in our borough. Throughout my years on the programme I have seen the impact on how falls affect people live and the benefits and the way of life people can have on the programme.

Michael Bennett. Commissioner for Integrated Care at the CCG said: "We are delighted to be involved in this hugely beneficial initiative. This kind of support can really make a difference and help prevent people from going into hospital in the first place."

If you would like to join the programme, know someone who you think it could help and to see our ever growing class timetable check out our website www.fit4alljb.co.uk