April falls day focus on frailty

Mel Coles (Allied Health Assistant, physiotherapy department), Lisa Gould (Allied Health Assistant), Teagan Cox (Occupational Therapist) and Taylah Hemming (Physiotherapist).

Mel Coles (Allied Health Assistant, physiotherapy department), Lisa Gould (Allied Health Assistant), Teagan Cox (Occupational Therapist) and Taylah Hemming (Physiotherapist).

Forbes Community Health is hosting an April Falls Day promotion on Thursday April 18.

Frailty is the focus of April Falls Day 2019 and if you are working with patients or caring for an older person or those with a chronic condition, knowing the signs of frailty is important.

The Clinical Excellence Commission Falls Prevention Program Lead, Lorraine Lovitt, said there were a range of signs of frailty and patients with three or more warning signs should talk to their health care team.

"The signs include unintentional weight loss, weakness, slower walking speed, exhaustion and low activity levels are all signs of frailty," Ms Lovitt said.

Frailty can impact a person's ability to function as normal and maintain their independence. Also, falling is strongly linked to frailty so addressing this issue is important for overall health and wellbeing.

You don't have to be older to be frail, those with chronic conditions medical and mental health conditions are also at an increased risk.

"Some signs of frailty can be reversed or treated with appropriate help. People can improve their physical activity levels with emphasis on strength and balance exercise, improve their nutrition intake with an increase in protein and medication management can also play an important role," Ms Lovitt said.

To find out about local classes and support contact the Forbes Community Health Center on 68507300.

The free information day is at Forbes Services Memorial Club next Thursday.