Fit For Life Nursing Home Services

 

Since 2001 Fit For Life have designed and developed our services and training by listening to our customers and ensuring that the support and expertise we provide is immediately applicable in the day to day delivery of care.

We have the capacity to deliver onsite Allied Healthcare Professional (AHP) services such as Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Group Exercise Therapy and other therapies listed below. We have a vast amount of experience providing weekly contracted hours in any or all of the therapies listed.

Most commonly Fit For Life provide a multidisciplinary service for a nursing home or day care centre on a weekly basis. This usually consists of a mixture of physiotherapy, occupational therapy and exercise therapy (individual and group exercise sessions). We can work together to develop a weekly service that best suits your specific needs! Fit For Life also have experience working in tandem with in house therapists, assisting in setting up or remodelling current services and providing additional specialised training to qualified therapists in older adult care.

In addition to onsite clinical input Fit For Life offer a range of training courses in falls prevention, manual handling, positioning, cognitive screening and training to deliver exercise to older adults which are all listed below.

Other services that we provide related to providing support for senior management and or proprietors in the areas of providing pre inspection audits in the area of falls, manual handling (including equipment) or assistance in complex individual cases.

 

Finally, we can also provide support and expertise in all stages of new build or renovations including OT environmental assessments and sourcing and recommendations for specialised equipment.

Further details of all of these services are listed below but please don’t hesitate to contact us for further information or to book a training course for your team!

Physiotherapy


Physiotherapy involves evaluating, diagnosing and treating a range of injuries, disorders and disabilities in order to optimize the person’s mobility and functional capacity. Our chartered physiotherapists are graduate level healthcare practitioners specializing in the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal, neurological, orthopaedic, respiratory and cardiac conditions. They provide a broad range of assessment and therapy services specifically developed for the older adult population.

Physiotherapy Services Include:

  • ½ Day Inhouse Physiotherapy Services for Nursing Homes: ½ day weekly (3-4hrs)
  • Extended Inhouse Physiotherapy Service for Nursing Homes: e.g. 2 ½ days p/week
  • Private Inhouse Physiotherapy sessions: Individual residents can book private appointments with our physiotherapists weekly
  • Falls Risk Assessments

*All of these services are carried out by Chartered Physiotherapists, members of the I.S.C.P.




Occupational Therapy


Occupational Therapy is designed to promote health, prevent injury or disability and develops, improves or sustains an individual’s level of independence.

​The most common referrals for our OT services include:

  • Seating and pressure relief
  • Positioning and the prevention of contractures
  • Assisting activities of daily living (ADL’s) e.g. showering, eating, correct use of aids
  • Recommendations for environmental changes to assist ADL’s

Occupational Therapy Services Include:

  • ½ Day inhouse Occupational Therapy Services for Nursing Homes: ½ day weekly (3-4hrs)
  • Extended inhouse Occupational Therapy Services for Nursing Homes: e.g. 2 ½ days p/week
  • Private Inhouse Occupational Therapy sessions: Individual residents can book private appointments with our occupational therapists weekly
  • Falls Risk Assessments
*All of these services are carried out by Occupational Therapists, members of the AOTI (Assoc. of Occupational Therapists of Ireland).




Fit For Life - Group Exercise Therapy – Fitness Classes for Older Adults


Fit For Life have been delivering researched based group exercise therapy since 2001. Group exercise has been extensively researched and is highly recommended as an ideal form of physical activity especially for the older adult. Fit For Life’s experience and expertise has led to the development of successful exercise intervention for older adults at all levels of physical ability. We deliver progressive, innovative and fun group exercise classes for older adults ensuring that benefits are gained by all who participate in our programmes.

The benefits of physical activity include staying independent if possible. We all know the importance of independence and we work with people as this becomes more challenging. We ensure that individuals achieve their own potential, providing support with personal goals, and best practice interventions to achieve these goals.

A Fit For Life group exercise class will be:

  • Researched, designed and developed from years of experience and expertise
  • Measured – individual assessments are made prior, during and post 12 weeks block classes to measure progress
  • Able to cater for specific populations and medical conditions and for participants of different levels of ability or fitness
  • Fun, social, innovative and easily tailored to all participants
  • Delivered by a certified Fit For Life trainer

Group Exercise Therapy Services Include:

  • Groups adapted to all levels of capabilities: Nursing Home/Day-care Populations

  • Stand Strong Balance and Falls prevention classes: Community & Fit for Life Clinic

  • Physical and Cognitive Classes; Suitable for Alzheimer’s and related dementia.




Alzheimer’s and Related Dementia – Group and Individual Exercise Therapy


We have developed programmes that are suitable for varying levels of cognitive impairment. Our aims and goals improve physical function, reducing the risk of falls and improving mood and levels of agitation. We introduce equipment with our programmes that have very positive results with this population, creating socially engaging environments, and positive stimulation.

We introduce programmes that combine endurance exercise, functional exercise and social games. What is important is that our therapists know the clients and provide meaningful activities that ensure a person-centered intervention. Thus, providing a specific session to the client’s needs and abilities.

Using this approach and having flexible programmes that can be adapted when required our therapists have the experience and know how to consistently deliver effective and engaging programmes.




Allied Therapies


Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy is a healthcare profession which involves the treatment or management of pain, disability and impaired movement by means of massage, myofascial techniques, joints mobilizations and exercise therapy.

Our Physical Therapists are graduate level healthcare practitioners, who work to restore full normal movement and to reduce or eliminate pain resulting from injury, infirmity and from medical conditions.

*All of these services are carried out by Physical Therapists, members of the IAPT (Irish Assoc. of Physical Therapists).

Athletic Rehabilitation Therapy

A Certified Athletic Rehabilitation Therapist (ARTC) is a graduate level (BSc, level 8 NFQ) healthcare practitioner specializing in musculoskeletal management, exercise-based rehabilitation and fitness. This therapist specializes in evidence-based assessment, treatment and advanced rehabilitation of musculoskeletal conditions.

Your Athletic Rehabilitation Therapist will complete a comprehensive assessment of your presenting condition and contributing factors. This may include physical tests for range of motion, strength and specific special tests of the involved body parts as appropriate.

Your ARTC will then develop, implement, review and progress a treatment and rehabilitation plan with you. Your treatment plan may include manual therapies such as massage, myofascial/soft tissue release techniques, trigger point dry needling, joint mobilizations; and/or electro or thermotherapies or taping techniques. And it will almost definitely include a home rehabilitation and exercise program which may focus on developing strength, range of motion, improving your balance and decreasing your falls risk!

*All of these services are carried out by Certified Athletic Rehabilitation Therapists, members of A.R.T.I. (Athletic Rehabilitation Therapy Ireland) and BASRAT (British Assoc. of Sports Rehabilitators & Trainers).





Training courses: Manual handling & Exercise Instructor Courses

 

We can deliver a variety of training courses in-house with your team at your nursing home or daycare centre. Your team members can also join our courses at our Sandyford Clinic, or at locations nationwide. We run new and refresher people handling and manual handling courses for clinical and non-clinical team members. And, we can discuss your specific in-house needs and tailor the course content to suit. Why not contact Mark on 01-2137915, or email info@fitforlife.ie to chat through your specific training needs!

Seated Exercise Instructor Course


Learn how to deliver effective and fun seated exercise classes for Older Adults! This course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to run varied fitness classes for the older adults you work with!

Key course content:

  • Introduction to Fit For Life and course

  • Benefits of physical activity & exercise guidelines

  • Common medical conditions and guidelines for exercise

  • Exercise classes set up & safety considerations

  • Practical exercise delivery techniques – Warm-up and cold down exercises and stretching; batons, balls, seated endurance exercises, and games/challenges.

Duration: 3-day course. Certified 18 CPD points.

Venue: In-house, at Sandyford Clinic, and locations nationwide.

Cost: €350 per person (discounts for group bookings)

Results/Benefits:

  • You can deliver Fit For Life quality group exercise sessions.

  • Learn from experienced trainers who have expert knowledge on effective exercise delivery.

  • You have continued support from Fit For Life if your team need a refresher or upskill session on exercise delivery.




Seated Strength Training Course


Learn how to run effective and fun seated Strength exercise classes for Older Adults!

This fitness training course was developed for Activity Co-Ordinators, Healthcare Assistants or Home Carers who have completed our ‘Exercise Instructor for the Older Adult Course’. This course enables you to progress your knowledge and skills base to provide seated strength training classes for the older adults you work with!

Key course content:

  • Introduction

  • Skeletal muscle, aging & resistance exercise

  • Session structure: warm up, cool down & stretching

  • Resistance band exercises – assessment, techniques & all to practice teaching same

  • Other strength exercises – other types of equipment e.g. dumbbells

  • Exercise programming

Duration: 1-day course, 9.30am-5pm. Certified 7 CPD points.

Venue: In-house, at Sandyford Clinic, and locations nationwide.

Cost: €125 per person (discounts for group bookings)

Results/Benefits:

  • You can deliver Fit For Life quality strength training classes.

  • You can add more variety and physical challenge for the older adults participating in your exercise classes.

  • You learn from our experienced trainers who have expert knowledge on effective exercise delivery.




People Manual Handling


New to people manual handling? Learn best practice techniques with us!

This training is suitable for healthcare professionals, and carers who work in the home and community who have not undergone training previously.

Course Outline:

  • Course follows HSA & Fetac guidelines

  • Full day course including theory overview, quizzes, demonstration and practice (unsafe handling, best practice techniques, use of hoist and other handling aids), risk assessment, problem solving and case-study discussion.

Duration: 6 hours, Certified 6 CPD points.

Venue: In-house and at Sandyford Clinic.

Cost: € varies depending on location.

No. of Attendees: 8-10

Results/Benefits:

  • Certificate of attendance

  • Personalised courses - Our manual handling instructors will contact you before the course to discuss and assess your specific manual handling goals.

  • In-depth know-how - Fit For Life have been working alongside nurses and care assistants in residential care settings for over 15 years. We understand the challenges they face on a daily basis and that allows us to focus on the issues that are most important to them.

  • Reduction in the risk of injury for the patient/resident and the worker

Testimonial:

"The Manual Handling Training was great because it gives me a lot of knowledge and ideas how to use the proper equipment and to move residents safely."

Healthcare Assistant Carechoice Montenotte.




Refresher Training – People Manual Handling


Renew and refresh your people manual handling skills with Fit For Life!

This course is ideal for those who have previously undergone a full day of manual handling training. There is more time to dedicate to practical applications in your workplace. Our goal is to identify what challenges you have, and how you can change the risk assessment to allow you to continue with the manual handling tasks safely.

Course Outline:

  • Review and update staff on the correct manual handling techniques they should be using.

  • Practice transferring and repositioning residents from different situations using the full range of the equipment available in your home.

Duration: 4 hours, Certified 4 CPD points.

Venue: In-house & Sandyford Clinic

Cost: € varies depending on location. No. of Attendees: 8-10

Results/Benefits:

  • Ensuring you are applying best practice manual handling techniques in all aspects of work

  • Reduction in the risk of injury for the patient/resident and the worker

  • Educating you to know your role in risk assessment and applying it in everyday tasks

Testimonial:

"The Manual Handling Training was great because it gives me a lot of knowledge and ideas how to use the proper equipment and to move residents safely." Healthcare Assistant Carechoice Montenotte.





Advanced People Manual Handling Workshops

Seated Exercise Instructor Course


Learn how to deliver effective and fun seated exercise classes for Older Adults! This course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to run varied fitness classes for the older adults you work with!

Key course content:

  • Introduction to Fit For Life and course

  • Benefits of physical activity & exercise guidelines

  • Common medical conditions and guidelines for exercise

  • Exercise classes set up & safety considerations

  • Practical exercise delivery techniques – Warm-up and cold down exercises and stretching; batons, balls, seated endurance exercises, and games/challenges.

Duration: 3-day course. Certified 18 CPD points.

Venue: In-house, at Sandyford Clinic, and locations nationwide.

Cost: €350 per person (discounts for group bookings)

Results/Benefits:

  • You can deliver Fit For Life quality group exercise sessions.

  • Learn from experienced trainers who have expert knowledge on effective exercise delivery.

  • You have continued support from Fit For Life if your team need a refresher or upskill session on exercise delivery.




Seated Strength Training Course


Learn how to run effective and fun seated Strength exercise classes for Older Adults!

This fitness training course was developed for Activity Co-Ordinators, Healthcare Assistants or Home Carers who have completed our ‘Exercise Instructor for the Older Adult Course’. This course enables you to progress your knowledge and skills base to provide seated strength training classes for the older adults you work with!

Key course content:

  • Introduction

  • Skeletal muscle, aging & resistance exercise

  • Session structure: warm up, cool down & stretching

  • Resistance band exercises – assessment, techniques & all to practice teaching same

  • Other strength exercises – other types of equipment e.g. dumbbells

  • Exercise programming

Duration: 1-day course, 9.30am-5pm. Certified 7 CPD points.

Venue: In-house, at Sandyford Clinic, and locations nationwide.

Cost: €125 per person (discounts for group bookings)

Results/Benefits:

  • You can deliver Fit For Life quality strength training classes.

  • You can add more variety and physical challenge for the older adults participating in your exercise classes.

  • You learn from our experienced trainers who have expert knowledge on effective exercise delivery.




People Manual Handling


New to people manual handling? Learn best practice techniques with us!

This training is suitable for healthcare professionals, and carers who work in the home and community who have not undergone training previously.

Course Outline:

  • Course follows HSA & Fetac guidelines

  • Full day course including theory overview, quizzes, demonstration and practice (unsafe handling, best practice techniques, use of hoist and other handling aids), risk assessment, problem solving and case-study discussion.

Duration: 6 hours, Certified 6 CPD points.

Venue: In-house and at Sandyford Clinic.

Cost: € varies depending on location.

No. of Attendees: 8-10

Results/Benefits:

  • Certificate of attendance

  • Personalised courses - Our manual handling instructors will contact you before the course to discuss and assess your specific manual handling goals.

  • In-depth know-how - Fit For Life have been working alongside nurses and care assistants in residential care settings for over 15 years. We understand the challenges they face on a daily basis and that allows us to focus on the issues that are most important to them.

  • Reduction in the risk of injury for the patient/resident and the worker

Testimonial:

"The Manual Handling Training was great because it gives me a lot of knowledge and ideas how to use the proper equipment and to move residents safely."

Healthcare Assistant Carechoice Montenotte.




Refresher Training – People Manual Handling


Renew and refresh your people manual handling skills with Fit For Life!

This course is ideal for those who have previously undergone a full day of manual handling training. There is more time to dedicate to practical applications in your workplace. Our goal is to identify what challenges you have, and how you can change the risk assessment to allow you to continue with the manual handling tasks safely.

Course Outline:

  • Review and update staff on the correct manual handling techniques they should be using.

  • Practice transferring and repositioning residents from different situations using the full range of the equipment available in your home.

Duration: 4 hours, Certified 4 CPD points.

Venue: In-house & Sandyford Clinic

Cost: € varies depending on location. No. of Attendees: 8-10

Results/Benefits:

  • Ensuring you are applying best practice manual handling techniques in all aspects of work

  • Reduction in the risk of injury for the patient/resident and the worker

  • Educating you to know your role in risk assessment and applying it in everyday tasks

Testimonial:

"The Manual Handling Training was great because it gives me a lot of knowledge and ideas how to use the proper equipment and to move residents safely." Healthcare Assistant Carechoice Montenotte.





Falls Prevention Training Courses

Falls Prevention – Best Practice Guidelines Workshop


Over the years in Fit For Life we have found that all the members of a nursing home team are an equally vital cog in ensuring that residents live in a happy and safe environment. This is even more evident when it comes to the area of falls and falls prevention as often it is the healthcare assistants and non-clinical staff that can be the ones to highlight the fact that a resident or an area in your home is not safe.

The comprehensive best practice guidelines workshops are designed for clinical and non-clinical team members. Your Falls Prevention and Management Policy would be referenced, along with any in-house interventions, to ensure each team member knows their role.

In the workshop all staff would get training in the prevalence of falls in long term care, and what the main risks of falls are with the older adult.


We have found that with real experience, the attendees gain so much more from the workshop. We have equipment that attendees use and working with peers, they go about set tasks and then discuss their experiences in the group to help everyone take away valuable learning points.

Every team member is given training in their role as defined in your Falls Prevention Policy.

In this training we aim to get the attendees discussing common risk factors they are currently working with in their day to day role and what strategies they are using. We run through common scenarios where falls can occur and suggest best practice actions to help shape future falls prevention planning.

Outline:

  • To know the common risk factors that increase risk of falls
  • To apply best practice interventions
  • Understand the prevalence of falls in long term care
  • Identify that every members of your team have a role in Falls Prevention
  • Practical element to illustrate the age associated risks

Results/Benefits:

  • Increase safety awareness in home to reduce number of falls
  • Increased awareness of all of your team of common risk factors
All members of your team have the confidence and knowledge base to be an active participant in your Falls prevention system




Falls Policy & System Management Workshop


This workshop covers your own working Falls Prevention Policy and with our up to date knowledge on falls prevention in long term care, we work together to review, make recommendations and develop a bespoke falls system for you and your team.

What is key is that your team know their role in falls prevention. Fit For Life have lots of experience in supporting teams and we have been fortunate to gain experience in leading research areas.

The type of screening tool you use is the starting point to risk assessment. We know that multifactorial risk assessment is fundamental to a successful Falls Prevention Policy. The research available now provides us with lots of best practice interventions to Falls Prevention programming.

The information collected post fall is vital to help you identify a cause or risk (modifiable or not) of event. What we want to do is help you to see if your existing system need to be updated, keeping you up to date with what the research is showing us is best practice.

The final stage of an effective Falls Prevention System is correct analysis of the data and the allocation and implementation of appropriate action goals for the appropriate members of your team. This stage is best carried out in MDT meetings and it is imperative that goals are set to achieve the most effective and realistic Falls Prevention System possible.

Outline:

  • Examine your Falls Policy to assess its scope, purpose and content.
  • Review current screening methods and application of best practice evidence
  • Review current reporting systems (database), auditing and staff knowledge systems.
  • Analyse each fall and set appropriate actions.
  • Allocate these actions to the appropriate team member, with a realistic timeframe for completion.

Duration: 8 hours, or 2 x 4hours, Certified 8 CPD points

Venue: The workshop can be completed in-house with current team members.

Results/Benefits

  • Increased safety awareness in home to reduce number of falls.
  • Improved reporting of falls and falls risk factors.
  • Improved referral of residents for falls prevention interventions.
  • Clarity for your team about their exact roles and responsibilities in your Falls prevention system.
  • In-depth know-how: Fit For Life have been working alongside nurses and care assistants in residential care settings for over 14 years. We understand the challenges they face on a daily basis which allows us to focus on the issues that are most important to them




Common Falls Risk Factors Workshop


This workshop involves your team experiencing some of the main risks that present with age. We look at single indicated risks specific to older adults. The practical element is hugely valuable in helping your team to understand the challenges the older population face.

Knowing the association between poor vision, foot pain, reduced stability and increased risk of falls, is a part of your Falls Prevention Policy. Giving your team support in knowledge will help with their overall growth as a valued team member.

We have found that with real experience, the attendees gain so much more from the workshop. We have equipment that attendees use, and working with peers, they go about set tasks and then discuss their experiences in the group, to help everyone to take away valuable learning points. They relate the symptoms to real residents they are caring for and gain a greater knowledge on how that person finds tasks.

Outline:

  • Identify the common risk factors associated with falls
  • Understand the symptoms associated with these risks
  • Apply learning to practice with working with older adults and falls prevention

Duration: 3 hours, Certified 3 CPD points

Venue: The workshop can be completed in-house with current team members.

Results/Benefits

  • Increase safety awareness in home to reduce number of falls.
  • Support team to increase their knowledge of common risk factors.
  • Early identification of risk assessment needs due to staff awareness.
  • Greater awareness of interventions in place for residents needs





Risk Assessments, Audits & Reports

Physiotherapy


Physiotherapy involves evaluating, diagnosing and treating a range of injuries, disorders and disabilities in order to optimize the person’s mobility and functional capacity. Our chartered physiotherapists are graduate level healthcare practitioners specializing in the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal, neurological, orthopaedic, respiratory and cardiac conditions. They provide a broad range of assessment and therapy services specifically developed for the older adult population.

Physiotherapy Services Include:

  • ½ Day Inhouse Physiotherapy Services for Nursing Homes: ½ day weekly (3-4hrs)
  • Extended Inhouse Physiotherapy Service for Nursing Homes: e.g. 2 ½ days p/week
  • Private Inhouse Physiotherapy sessions: Individual residents can book private appointments with our physiotherapists weekly
  • Falls Risk Assessments

*All of these services are carried out by Chartered Physiotherapists, members of the I.S.C.P.




Occupational Therapy


Occupational Therapy is designed to promote health, prevent injury or disability and develops, improves or sustains an individual’s level of independence.

​The most common referrals for our OT services include:

  • Seating and pressure relief
  • Positioning and the prevention of contractures
  • Assisting activities of daily living (ADL’s) e.g. showering, eating, correct use of aids
  • Recommendations for environmental changes to assist ADL’s

Occupational Therapy Services Include:

  • ½ Day inhouse Occupational Therapy Services for Nursing Homes: ½ day weekly (3-4hrs)
  • Extended inhouse Occupational Therapy Services for Nursing Homes: e.g. 2 ½ days p/week
  • Private Inhouse Occupational Therapy sessions: Individual residents can book private appointments with our occupational therapists weekly
  • Falls Risk Assessments
*All of these services are carried out by Occupational Therapists, members of the AOTI (Assoc. of Occupational Therapists of Ireland).




Fit For Life - Group Exercise Therapy – Fitness Classes for Older Adults


Fit For Life have been delivering researched based group exercise therapy since 2001. Group exercise has been extensively researched and is highly recommended as an ideal form of physical activity especially for the older adult. Fit For Life’s experience and expertise has led to the development of successful exercise intervention for older adults at all levels of physical ability. We deliver progressive, innovative and fun group exercise classes for older adults ensuring that benefits are gained by all who participate in our programmes.

The benefits of physical activity include staying independent if possible. We all know the importance of independence and we work with people as this becomes more challenging. We ensure that individuals achieve their own potential, providing support with personal goals, and best practice interventions to achieve these goals.

A Fit For Life group exercise class will be:

  • Researched, designed and developed from years of experience and expertise
  • Measured – individual assessments are made prior, during and post 12 weeks block classes to measure progress
  • Able to cater for specific populations and medical conditions and for participants of different levels of ability or fitness
  • Fun, social, innovative and easily tailored to all participants
  • Delivered by a certified Fit For Life trainer

Group Exercise Therapy Services Include:

  • Groups adapted to all levels of capabilities: Nursing Home/Day-care Populations

  • Stand Strong Balance and Falls prevention classes: Community & Fit for Life Clinic

  • Physical and Cognitive Classes; Suitable for Alzheimer’s and related dementia.




Alzheimer’s and Related Dementia – Group and Individual Exercise Therapy


We have developed programmes that are suitable for varying levels of cognitive impairment. Our aims and goals improve physical function, reducing the risk of falls and improving mood and levels of agitation. We introduce equipment with our programmes that have very positive results with this population, creating socially engaging environments, and positive stimulation.

We introduce programmes that combine endurance exercise, functional exercise and social games. What is important is that our therapists know the clients and provide meaningful activities that ensure a person-centered intervention. Thus, providing a specific session to the client’s needs and abilities.

Using this approach and having flexible programmes that can be adapted when required our therapists have the experience and know how to consistently deliver effective and engaging programmes.




Allied Therapies


Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy is a healthcare profession which involves the treatment or management of pain, disability and impaired movement by means of massage, myofascial techniques, joints mobilizations and exercise therapy.

Our Physical Therapists are graduate level healthcare practitioners, who work to restore full normal movement and to reduce or eliminate pain resulting from injury, infirmity and from medical conditions.

*All of these services are carried out by Physical Therapists, members of the IAPT (Irish Assoc. of Physical Therapists).

Athletic Rehabilitation Therapy

A Certified Athletic Rehabilitation Therapist (ARTC) is a graduate level (BSc, level 8 NFQ) healthcare practitioner specializing in musculoskeletal management, exercise-based rehabilitation and fitness. This therapist specializes in evidence-based assessment, treatment and advanced rehabilitation of musculoskeletal conditions.

Your Athletic Rehabilitation Therapist will complete a comprehensive assessment of your presenting condition and contributing factors. This may include physical tests for range of motion, strength and specific special tests of the involved body parts as appropriate.

Your ARTC will then develop, implement, review and progress a treatment and rehabilitation plan with you. Your treatment plan may include manual therapies such as massage, myofascial/soft tissue release techniques, trigger point dry needling, joint mobilizations; and/or electro or thermotherapies or taping techniques. And it will almost definitely include a home rehabilitation and exercise program which may focus on developing strength, range of motion, improving your balance and decreasing your falls risk!

*All of these services are carried out by Certified Athletic Rehabilitation Therapists, members of A.R.T.I. (Athletic Rehabilitation Therapy Ireland) and BASRAT (British Assoc. of Sports Rehabilitators & Trainers).





Buildings and Equipment

Falls Prevention – Best Practice Guidelines Workshop


Over the years in Fit For Life we have found that all the members of a nursing home team are an equally vital cog in ensuring that residents live in a happy and safe environment. This is even more evident when it comes to the area of falls and falls prevention as often it is the healthcare assistants and non-clinical staff that can be the ones to highlight the fact that a resident or an area in your home is not safe.

The comprehensive best practice guidelines workshops are designed for clinical and non-clinical team members. Your Falls Prevention and Management Policy would be referenced, along with any in-house interventions, to ensure each team member knows their role.

In the workshop all staff would get training in the prevalence of falls in long term care, and what the main risks of falls are with the older adult.


We have found that with real experience, the attendees gain so much more from the workshop. We have equipment that attendees use and working with peers, they go about set tasks and then discuss their experiences in the group to help everyone take away valuable learning points.

Every team member is given training in their role as defined in your Falls Prevention Policy.

In this training we aim to get the attendees discussing common risk factors they are currently working with in their day to day role and what strategies they are using. We run through common scenarios where falls can occur and suggest best practice actions to help shape future falls prevention planning.

Outline:

  • To know the common risk factors that increase risk of falls
  • To apply best practice interventions
  • Understand the prevalence of falls in long term care
  • Identify that every members of your team have a role in Falls Prevention
  • Practical element to illustrate the age associated risks

Results/Benefits:

  • Increase safety awareness in home to reduce number of falls
  • Increased awareness of all of your team of common risk factors
All members of your team have the confidence and knowledge base to be an active participant in your Falls prevention system




Falls Policy & System Management Workshop


This workshop covers your own working Falls Prevention Policy and with our up to date knowledge on falls prevention in long term care, we work together to review, make recommendations and develop a bespoke falls system for you and your team.

What is key is that your team know their role in falls prevention. Fit For Life have lots of experience in supporting teams and we have been fortunate to gain experience in leading research areas.

The type of screening tool you use is the starting point to risk assessment. We know that multifactorial risk assessment is fundamental to a successful Falls Prevention Policy. The research available now provides us with lots of best practice interventions to Falls Prevention programming.

The information collected post fall is vital to help you identify a cause or risk (modifiable or not) of event. What we want to do is help you to see if your existing system need to be updated, keeping you up to date with what the research is showing us is best practice.

The final stage of an effective Falls Prevention System is correct analysis of the data and the allocation and implementation of appropriate action goals for the appropriate members of your team. This stage is best carried out in MDT meetings and it is imperative that goals are set to achieve the most effective and realistic Falls Prevention System possible.

Outline:

  • Examine your Falls Policy to assess its scope, purpose and content.
  • Review current screening methods and application of best practice evidence
  • Review current reporting systems (database), auditing and staff knowledge systems.
  • Analyse each fall and set appropriate actions.
  • Allocate these actions to the appropriate team member, with a realistic timeframe for completion.

Duration: 8 hours, or 2 x 4hours, Certified 8 CPD points

Venue: The workshop can be completed in-house with current team members.

Results/Benefits

  • Increased safety awareness in home to reduce number of falls.
  • Improved reporting of falls and falls risk factors.
  • Improved referral of residents for falls prevention interventions.
  • Clarity for your team about their exact roles and responsibilities in your Falls prevention system.
  • In-depth know-how: Fit For Life have been working alongside nurses and care assistants in residential care settings for over 14 years. We understand the challenges they face on a daily basis which allows us to focus on the issues that are most important to them




Common Falls Risk Factors Workshop


This workshop involves your team experiencing some of the main risks that present with age. We look at single indicated risks specific to older adults. The practical element is hugely valuable in helping your team to understand the challenges the older population face.

Knowing the association between poor vision, foot pain, reduced stability and increased risk of falls, is a part of your Falls Prevention Policy. Giving your team support in knowledge will help with their overall growth as a valued team member.

We have found that with real experience, the attendees gain so much more from the workshop. We have equipment that attendees use, and working with peers, they go about set tasks and then discuss their experiences in the group, to help everyone to take away valuable learning points. They relate the symptoms to real residents they are caring for and gain a greater knowledge on how that person finds tasks.

Outline:

  • Identify the common risk factors associated with falls
  • Understand the symptoms associated with these risks
  • Apply learning to practice with working with older adults and falls prevention

Duration: 3 hours, Certified 3 CPD points

Venue: The workshop can be completed in-house with current team members.

Results/Benefits

  • Increase safety awareness in home to reduce number of falls.
  • Support team to increase their knowledge of common risk factors.
  • Early identification of risk assessment needs due to staff awareness.
  • Greater awareness of interventions in place for residents needs





OUR CLIENTS

‘We have found Fit For Life a great service which we have used for many years. Our residents benefit from both weekly class and individual physiotherapy service which they provide. We at Kinvara House would be very happy to recommend Fit For Life’.

Kinvara House Nursing Home, Bray

'Fit for Life makes a tremendous contribution to the physiological and occupation health of our residents. The program provides a comprehensive repertoire of interventions meeting the physical needs of residents with ongoing assessments, exercises programs, individual and group mobilisation activities. All of which is provided by a professional team who continually engage residents with clear goals & motivational programs that build on the strengths and abilities of residents which enhances their well being each day'.

'This course is brilliant, very useful for all activity coordinators or healthcare professionals about how important exercise is for residents and how to engage them in fun exercises’.

Exercise Instructor for the Older Adult

Course attendee.

Bridie McGroary Fletcher

Director of Services

St. Monica’s Nursing Home Ltd., Dublin