Referrals to OYF come from allied health, the emergency department (ED), CNSs, medical specialists or GPs.
These include an allied health clinic, a geriatrician clinic, or the OYF programme.
Patients who are placed on the OYF programme participate in a six-week education and exercise programme which incorporates falls prevention, self-care and graded strength, cardiovascular and balance exercises.
However, OYF staff have found that if the programme is promoted as a way of enabling patients to maintain their ability to navigate stairs/home environments, participate in activities they enjoy and stay living in their own home, most people will be willing to become involved.
The total cost of running a six-week OYF intervention programme is $1231 including staff costs and overheads, so approximately 10 OYF programmes can be provided for the cost of one surgery for a fractured femur.
Improvements were demonstrated in all patient outcome measures, both clinical and qualitative, with clinically relevant findings in reducing predicted falls risk following completion of the OYF programme.