Stepping On: Building confidence and reducing falls, a community-based program for older people
Lindy Clemson Megan Swann
Sydney University Press
The Stepping On program offers older people a way of reducing falls and at the same time increasing self confidence in situations where they are at risk of falling. The program incorporates a group setting plus individualized follow-up. It covers a range of issues, including falls and risk, strength and balance exercises, home hazards, safe footwear, vision and falls, safety in public places, community mobility, coping after a fall, and understanding how to initiate a medication review.
This manual is for occupational therapists, physical therapists, and other health professionals and health promotion workers in the area of falls-prevention with older people. The manual describes how to plan, prepare, and run the program.
Stepping On provides:
Stepping On reduced falls by 31% in a randomised trial published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (September 2004).
Handouts in English and other languages are also available as Word docs and PDFs