When Kevin moved into Estia Health Blakehurst, he’d had a number of falls and was using a walker to get about, which meant he’d lost some of his confidence and independence.
The Wellness Centre team asked Kevin what his goal was and he said ‘overall it’s to regain my fitness and not need my walker’. Kevin had decided to move into Estia Health Blakehurst because of the Wellness Centre and the specialist equipment available.
His immediate focus was to reduce his risk of falls by improving his balance, along with managing his knee pain so that he could easily use the stairs when visiting his friend’s house. Following the team’s assessment, they identified Kevin would benefit from tailored treatment and exercises in the Centre and suggested he start the Falls and Balance program.
Kevin was very motivated and started coming to the gym every day, using the exercise bike and leg press equipment, having his weekly physio classes and seeing a member of the physiotherapy team to improve balance, coordination and lower limb strength.
"my balance has improved and so has my walking"
Six weeks on and Kevin’s already seeing the benefits saying ‘my balance has improved and so has my walking’, with much more strength in his legs, he is less reliant on his walker and is feeling more confident about being able to tackle the stairs when he goes to visit his friend.
The team have also seen a real improvement in Kevin’s strength and mobility as well as his overall wellbeing, including the opportunity to socialise with other residents and share a joke, or two!