If you have a history of falls, or feel unsteady or have other reasons for concern we can screen you no matter what your age is. It is much easier to lower the risk of a fall than to recover from a fall: that is why we focus on preventing the fall.
Our Falls Screen uses QTUG™ a wireless sensor based piece of equipment and a Class 1 Medical Device which, combined with another “best in class” falls assessment enables our Chartered Physiotherapists to deliver a more accurate falls risk assessment and a tailored intervention programme. The research for the QTUG has been scientifically validated by a dedicated research clinic, in St James’s Hospital in Dublin which assessed over 1,300 older adults.
Yes they can but we recommend that patients don’t use a mobility aid when doing the test as the falls risk estimate is not validated for this use. QTUG will still work in this case but may underestimate falls risk and mobility impairment
a. Contact us today at 1890 989 383. We have Falls Action clinics based in Drumcondra and IFSC in Dublin, and one in Dooradoyle in Limerick. We can take referrals from GP’s and Clinics as well as direct bookings from those worried about having a fall or from those concerned about a loved one that they think may be at risk of having a fall.
We can assess your parent either at home or in our clinic. Our falls screen report will provide us with a more accurate falls risk estimate and we will be able to provide more advice from their assessment.
Those with a valid medical card may also avail of the medical/student card rate. You must present your medical/student card on the day of consultation in order to avail of the discount. Discounts cannot be awarded retrospectively.
Our screenings and assessments are delivered by a Chartered Physiotherapist and only take 20 mins. Our Physiotherapists will ask you a series of questions before placing sensors on your leg below your knee. The sensors will be worn over your clothes. From a sitting position, you will be taken through a simple walking exercise and return to a sitting position.
The data from the sensors will be sent instantaneously to the Physiotherapists handheld tablet where he/she will be able to see the patients falls risk estimate immediately. How the patient compares to someone of the same age and sex is obtained as well as data on 52 separate points of mobility. It is the 52 data points of mobility which will allow the Physio to deliver specific targeted interventions.
Depending on the patients falls risk estimate, the Physiotherapists may take you through further testing using an additional “best in class” falls assessment
After the screening the Physio will advise you on your falls risk, and recommend a care pathway to follow. They will provide you with a sheet with tips and advice to prevent falls and a report on your screening. With your consent a detailed copy of your report is sent to your GP too along with your advised care pathway.
If Physiotherapy is part of your recommended care pathway we will be able to provide your own Physio with the information to administer targeted interventions. We can also recommend a suitably trained Chartered Physiotherapist to you if required.
Our Physiotherapist will take a full medical history and assess factors that will influence your safety while completing your exercise programme. A full rehabilitation programme will be prescribed based on the screening data and shown to you. Progressions will be made as you find yourself able to complete the prescribed exercises to enable you to become more independent, more confident, reduce the risk of falling and the associated fear of falling.
27. There are many simple every day hazards around the home that you can check over to make sure they are safe for you to be around. We will advise how to ensure your risk is lowered at home. If required an occupational therapist can carry this review out with you and they will be able to make any necessary modifications or recommendations. In some cases a personal monitoring system is recommended if living on your own to ensure medical response in a timely manner in the event of a fall occurring at home. We can provide all of these services directly to you.