Resources for health professionals
Helping older people to stay independent
We know you’re busy so we’ve pulled together some useful resources for you.
The TUG test
The purpose of the Timed up and Go (TUG) test is to assess mobility.
- Wearing their regular footwear and walking aid if needed, the test begins with the older person sitting normally in a chair
- You then time them as they stand, walk three metres (10 feet), turn around, walk back to the chair and sit down again.
An older adult who takes ≥12 seconds to complete the TUG has a high risk of falling.
The stay independent toolkit for clinicians tells you more about the TUG test.
New Zealand Hip Fracture Registry
Over 4,000 New Zealanders suffer from a hip fracture annually. The Hip Fracture Registry allows for better analysis of national data and improve quality and consistency of care after a hip fracture through the use of a set of key quality indicators.
Reducing harm from falls programme
The Health Quality & Safety Commission's Reducing Harm from Falls programme focuses on older people receiving care, whether in hospital, residential care, or in their own home.
Ask, Assess, Act
The Ask, Assess, Act resources developed by the Health Quality & Safety Commission for health professionals are popular and practical to use.
Various resources are available on the Health Quality & Safety Commission website including:
- help sheet
- pocket cards
The Health Quality & Safety Commission has 10 topics in reducing harm from falls.These are learning activties for people who want to know how to prevent and reduce harm from falls in older people.
The 10 topics:
- Topic 1: Falls in older people – the impacts
- Topic 2: Which older person is at risk of falling? Ask, assess, act
- Topic 3: Falls risk assessment and care planning – what really matters?
- Topic 4: Safe environment and safe care: essential in preventing falls
- Topic 5: After a fall: what should happen?
- Topic 6: Why hip fracture prevention and care matters
- Topic 7: Vitamin D and falls: what you need to know
- Topic 8: Medicines: balancing benefits and falls risks
- Topic 9: Improving balance and strength to prevent falls
- Topic 10: An integrated approach to falls in older people: what is your part
Stay Independent Toolkit for Clinicians
The Stay Independent Toolkit for Clinicians has helpful resources to encourage older people to self-assess their falls risk and follow with a conversation with their health professional.
The toolkit was adapted for the New Zealand setting by bpacnz. It is based on materials for Stopping Elderly Accidents Death and Injuries developed by the United States' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Ministry of Health's Healthy Ageing Strategy provides strategic direction for change and a set of actions to improve the health of older people.
The Ministry of Health's section on the health of older people tells you about the work their older people team is doing.
The Exercise Effectiveness Criteria booklet for health professionals and community group strentgh and balance programme providers.
The Exercise Effectiveness Criteria booklet for health professionals and in-home strentgh and balance programmes providers.
A range of resources to support you to live stronger for longer.
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