As an Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) accredited practice, some important findings have been identified in the recent Aged Care Royal Commission Final Report into Aged Care Quality and Safety. In this blog, we will be sharing with you information from the media release provided by the APA on the matter.
The final report by the Royal Commission identified a strong need for the promotion and maintenance of mobility in the sector to reduce life-threatening falls in older people. “The APA has a significant contribution of six submissions to the Royal Commission and presented expert evidence on falls prevention programs for both their mental and physical benefits.
Promoting and maintaining mobility and reducing the risk of life-threatening falls in older people was noted as critical in the final report, which found that access to physiotherapists, who are highly trained and skilled in strength, balance and mobility training, was often lacking in aged care.
The report recognised that “mobility was closely linked with people’s health and their quality of life [and that] poor mobility increased the risk of falls and fall-related injuries due to de-conditioning and reduced muscle strength.”
APA National President Scott Willis said, “Falls are the number one cause of preventable death in residential aged care. The lack of investment in falls prevention programs over a long period of time, particularly when there is such strong evidence for their value, is an oversight that has had tragic consequences for too many families.”
“The Royal Commission has rightly identified the critical role that physiotherapists play in aged care. These are highly skilled mobility experts who are literally helping to save and improve lives by ensuring residents are active, mobile and ultimately confident in their movement.”
“We know that mobility programs led by physiotherapists can reduce the number of falls in residential aged care by 55 per cent – the government simply has no excuse not to fund this critical care for older Australians.”
The report also found that those living with incontinence and dementia often received substandard care, which the APA has called out many times.
Mr. Willis said, “Appropriately qualified and experienced health professionals must be employed to provide the complex care and support that these extremely vulnerable people need. We have talked about team-based, holistic care in all health settings for a long time. There’s no more critical place for this to start than in aged care.”
At Progressive, our large and highly qualified team have extensive experience in both public and private sectors and have a wealth of experience with the elderly. Our strong team of exercise physiologists are able to work with elderly clients to create a customised and functional exercise program for them to follow to aid them in everyday life, with falls prevention a key component of these programs.
If you would like more information on a customised exercise physiology plan for yourself or an elderly family member or friend, please contact our friendly and compassionate team on (02) 4721 7798 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Reference: APA Media Release | 2nd March 2021 Aged Care Royal Commission Identifies Need For Falls Prevention Programs For Older People.