If you, or someone you know, have concerns with balance and want to develop more confidence within your own home, then the Strong and Steady programme could be for you.
The Strong and Steady programme is run by the Royal borough of Greenwich and delivered by Active for Health, the free community-based exercise programme. Strong and Steady is specifically for people over the age of 65 who have recently fallen or who have concerns with their balance, and who have been assessed by Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust’s Community Assessment and Rehabilitation Service (CARS).
What does the programme involve?
The programme includes specific falls prevention exercise sessions, support with a simple home based programme, educational talks and opportunities to socialise with other members of the group who have also fallen or have balance problems.
How long is the programme?
You will be encouraged to attend the weekly exercise session for up to 26 weeks and complete a simple home based programme once or twice a week. Group exercise sessions are typically held on a Wednesday at community centres in Eltham and Greenwich.
One participant said: “I have strengthened muscles, I have learnt which ones are useful to benefit mobility and I feel more confident walking. I have enjoyed the classes, I’ve got a lot of confidence and generally feel good.”
To request a referral to the Strong and Steady programme see your GP or to find out more contact the Community Assessment and Rehabilitation Service on 0208 921 2304.
Please note that you can only join the group after you have been assessed by the Trust.