Please note: community based classes are currently suspended, however you can still refer patients to the service and they will continue to receive online and telephone support until we are able to re-commence the community classes.
The Wellbalanced Programme offers a 24-week rolling course of strength and balance classes designed to reduce the risk of falls.
Each online class has a maximum capacity of 6 participants and community classes a maximum of 20 participants, costing 50 pence per person per session.
NICE compliant and based on the LLT/ProFane model, AHS Wellbeing are commissioned by the Adur & Worthing Wellbeing Service to deliver their Public Health funded strength and balance intervention called the Wellbalanced Programme.
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Here are some commonly asked questions to provide you with further information on our programme:
When is the service available?
You can find details of our services on our about page. Once referred, we will contact participants to assess them and will discuss the most suitable option for them.
Who can attend the Wellbalanced Programme?
The online & community-based exercise programme will be targeted at those:
- Identified to be vulnerable or mildly to moderately frail on the Rockwood Clinical Frailty Scale (Levels 4, 5 and 6), but are below the level of need for specialist care.
- Feeling less steady on their feet.
- Who find it harder to rise from a chair, or to use the stairs.
- Referred by a GP, Healthcare Worker or other professional.
Wellbalanced *classes are designed to help people who are starting to feel more vulnerable and unsteady, to feel stronger and more confident. *Currently online. Community classes are suspended until Government guidelines allow us to resume face to face classes in community halls.
- Unstable angina or uncontrolled heart disease
- Tachycardia or uncontrolled arrhythmia
- Resting systolic BP>200mmHg or diastolic BP >110mmHg
- Severe Parkinson’s disease
- Severe breathlessness or dizziness
- Uncontrolled or poorly controlled epilepsy
- Uncontrolled or poorly controlled asthma / COPD
- Unmanaged pain
- Acute systemic illness (e.g. cancers)
- Severe Visual Impairment (under investigation)
- Any other uncontrolled condition
- Four or more medications not checked by GP >6mths
- Patient has suffered at least one fall
- Functional limiting diseases: such as severe stroke
- Cognition: Dementia, Alzheimer’s or severe cognitive impairment (unable to follow simple instructions)
- Sit to Stand: Patient is unable to rise from a chair independently, without assistance and stand unaided
- Mobility: Patient is unable to mobilise independently.
- Patient is immobile or walks with an aid and the support of two Carers
If any of the above apply, your patient is NOT suitable for this programme at this time. It is advisable to refer your patient to another service.
Healthy lifestyle support services can be found by calling Adur & Worthing Wellbeing on 01903 221450 or visit their website.
How do I refer a Patient?
Patients can be referred using the following form:
Please complete and return to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Patients can also be referred via SystmOne, EMIS and One Call.
Referrals are triaged for the most appropriate level of the programme. For further information please call 01444 657099.
How is the programme evaluated?
Participants are assessed at week 1, 12 and 24 using the following methods;
Results are evaluated quarterly in conjunction with the Adur & Worthing Wellbeing Team.
What happens at the end of the 24-week programme?
We encourage participants to keep exercising and will signpost them to suitable follow on classes or activities they can attend, including our Age Well classes available at ahswellbeing.co.uk.
Where can I find out more about Falls Prevention?
Here some links to useful resources:
Please contact us for further information.