In-hospital exercise could help to prevent falls

Exercise programmes in hospital can help improve balance and functional mobility in elderly people which may help to reduce falls.

Researchers from Italy examined the effectiveness of three rehabilitation programmes for elderly people in hospital: group exercise, individual core stability training or balance training with a platform tool. Twenty-eight people who had fallen within the last 12 months were consecutively assigned to one of the approaches for three weeks. All of the interventions were associated with improved balance and mobility.
Reference: Villafane JH et al.  Moving forward in fall prevention: an intervention to improve balance among patients in a quasi-experimental study of hospitalized patients. International Journal of Rehabilitation Research. 2015. 38(4): 313 – 319

 

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