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WellSouth - B-Well, Falls & Fracture Prevention Team

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    The B-well Falls and Fracture Prevention Team is a small team of nurses and allied health professionals. 

    Our B-well team are passionate about keeping older people well and independent. Positive ageing is about providing the best quality of life for older people. A joint initiative by the Ministry of Health, Health Quality and Safety Commission and ACC aims to keep older adults safe on their feet and reduce injuries from falls.

    • Have you slipped, tripped or fallen in the past year?
    • Do you have to use your hands to get out of a chair?
    • Have you avoided some activities because you are afraid you might lose your balance?

    The B-Well, Falls & Fracture Prevention Team offer a range of services which can help:

    1. Home based strength and balance programme

    Based on the Otago Exercise Programme, we support older adults at home with leg muscle strengthening and balance retraining exercises. We can also advise on safety in the home.

    1. Community strength and balance

    As the lead agency appointed by ACC, we approve existing exercise groups and help develop new classes aimed at improving strength and balance. Group classes that have received the ‘tick of approval’ can be found on the ACC Live Stronger for Longer website.

    1. Fracture Liaison Service

    We identify people who are over 50 that may have broken a bone as a result of a minor fall or bump.  We aim to promote bone health and the several positive steps that can be taken for those who may be at risk of fractures related to osteoporosis.  Further information can be found on the Bone Health NZ website. bones.org.nz  

     

    See the WellSouth website for more information on our GP practices and all other health services.

    Wellness / healthy lifestyle

    Age groups

    • Older adult / Kaumātua