Stepping On is a Seven week program designed for people who are living at home and have experienced a fall or are concerned about falling.
The Stepping On Program is thoroughly researched and is proven to prevent falls.
Stepping On incorporates a practical set of exercises that were specifically designed to improve strength and balance and delivers expert presentations on a variety of relevant falls related topics including vision, home hazards, medicines, bone health and footwear.
This program is unsuitable for people with memory problems, certain progressive neurological disorders and people who are totally dependent on a walking frame. Stepping On has NOT been proven to work with Parkinson’s Disease clients. Please refer these clients onto other appropriate evidence based treatment.
The Stepping On 7 week program includes:
|1||Introduction, overview and risk appraisal.
Building trust, overview of program aims, sharing fall experiences, choosing what to cover and balance and strength exercises.
|2||Exercises and moving about safely
Review and practice exercises, explore the barriers and benefits of exercise, moving about safely – chairs and steps, learning not to panic after a fall.
Identify hazards in and about the home and problem solving solutions
|4||Community safety and footwear
Generate strategies to get around the local community and reduce the risk of falling. Learn about the features of a safe shoe and identify clothing hazards.
|5||Vision and falls and vitamin D
Recognise the influence of vision on the risk of falling. Review strategies to reduce risk of falling from dysfunction. Identify the importance of vitamin D, sunlight and calcium to protect from fall injury.
|6||Medication management and mobility mastery experiences
Identify medication risks and falls. Explore strategies to reduce risk of falls from medication side effects or misuse. Identify behaviour and sleep alternatives to taking sedatives. Review of exercises. Strategies for getting out and about in the local community safely. Practice safe mobility techniques learned during the program in a nearby outdoor location.
|7||Review and plan ahead
Participants express their personal accomplishments from the past 7 weeks and reflect on scope of things learned. Review anything requested. Identify strategies to assist in safe public transportation. Determine safety strategies. Graduation ceremony.
If you or someone you know would benefit from our program, please contact us
Stepping On is part of NSW Health’s “Active and Healthy” Program.
If you are located in the USA and wish to enquire about US programs, please refer to the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging, or call 608-243-5690