The Effects of Progressive Resistance and Balance Exercise on Reducing Falls in Residential Aged Care – Using HUR Equipment
Jennifer Hewitt¹, Kathryn M Refshauge¹, Stephen Goodall², Timothy Henwood³, Lindy Clemson¹
¹Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, ²Centre for Health Economic Research and Evaluation, University of Technology, Sydney, NSW, ³University of Queensland/Blue Care Research and Practice Development Centre, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD , Australia
Research Description: Among community dwelling older adults, exercise appears to be an effective countermeasure, but data are limited and inconsistent among studies in residents of aged care communities. This trial has been designed to evaluate whether the SUNBEAM program (Strength and Balance Exercise in Aged Care) reduces falls in residents of aged care facilities.
Results: While the final data collection won’t be complete until August 2017, preliminary results show an increase of up to 360 per cent in the machine resistance and changes in isometric leg strength greater than 110 percent.
In addition, participants’ testimonials tell us that people have a renewed feeling of worth, more energy, are more confident on their feet and are experiencing less pain.