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Falls prevention scheme launched by Kernow CCG


14 May 2014

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Kernow clinical commissioning group (CCG) is working with independent fitness providers and charities to reduce falls in the community. 
The programme will help people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to access falls prevention advice, ‘buddy’ support and balance and stability training from specially trained instructors. 
The instructors will be from companies offering training sessions shown to improve people’s movement and living, and reduce their risk of future falls and injury. 

Kernow clinical commissioning group (CCG) is working with independent fitness providers and charities to reduce falls in the community. 
The programme will help people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to access falls prevention advice, ‘buddy’ support and balance and stability training from specially trained instructors. 
The instructors will be from companies offering training sessions shown to improve people’s movement and living, and reduce their risk of future falls and injury. 
Weekly balance and stability training courses typically run for 20 weeks. 
Age UK Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly’s Steady On service provides individual support from a trained volunteer buddy who gives falls prevention advice, carries out a simple home safety check and helps with exercising at home or finding a local class.  They also offer a broad range of other support services such as befriending, financial advice and foot care.  
NHS Kernow governing body member Dr Tamsyn Anderson said: “NHS Kernow commissions a range of services to support people who are at risk of a fall to ensure they remain confident and are not at risk of injuring themselves. These classes are another way to support people who are worried about falling, or know someone who is.”

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