Healthy Balance Service

Healthy Balance Service

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Healthy Balance Service

The service offers community exercise classes throughout mid Essex for people who want to improve their strength and balance, to increase their confidence in mobilising and help prevent falls.

Contact this service

Phone

0300 303 9988

About this service

Eligibility Criteria

This service is for adults registered with a GP in the NHS mid Essex area who:

  • Have a fear of falling or loss of confidence with mobility
  • Feel unsteady or have balance problems
  • Have a history of falls or are at risk of falling
  • Are independently mobile with or without a walking aid
  • Have sufficient cognition to be able to follow an exercise programme in a group setting
  • Are able to travel to classes independently or by using a community transport scheme

The below exclusions apply:

  • Uncontrolled angina
  • Uncontrolled blood pressure
  • Significant drop in blood pressure during exercise
  • Uncontrolled tachycardia
  • Unstable or acute heart failure
  • Uncontrolled pain
  • Uncontrolled acute systemic illness
  • Uncontrolled visual or vestibular problems
  • Unable to maintain a seated upright position
  • Recent injurious fall without attention
  • Impaired cognition whereby the person is unable to follow an exercise programme within a group setting
  • Require physical assistance from another person to mobilise or exercise

Service details

We provide strength and balance exercise classes for people who have fallen, have a fear of falling or would like to increase their confidence in moving about safely.

The classes take place in community venues throughout mid Essex. The classes last for one hour and are free for the first 12 weeks. 

All classes are led by qualified postural stability instructors who will tailor the exercises to the individual’s needs and capabilities. Many participants enjoy exercising in a group setting so much that they wish to continue after the 12 weeks and there are follow on community classes available for a small fee.

When a referral is received by the service an exercise professional will arrange to visit the person in their own home to ensure that the classes will be suitable for them and tell them what to expect. They will also carry out simple measures of strength and balance which will be repeated at the end of the programme to see what improvements have been made.

Service delivery

Classes take place week days in the following locations across mid Essex:

  • Burnham-on-Crouch
  • Maldon
  • Halstead
  • Braintree
  • Chelmsford

Referral process

  • You can self-refer by phoning or emailing using the contact numbers on this page.

  • You can also be referred by any health or social professional, for example your GP, physiotherapist or social worker.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

How do I get to classes?

If you are unable to travel using your own or public transport, there are some very good community transport schemes that take you to classes for a small fee. Find out what community transport is available to you on the Essex County Council website.

 

Is there a charge for classes?

The first 12 weeks are free. If you enjoy the classes and would like to continue to exercise, we can sign-post you to a community follow-on class. There is a small charge of between £4- £5, depending on the venue.

 

What should I wear?

Loose, comfortable clothing that you can easily move around in and supportive, well-fitting shoes.

 

I haven’t exercised recently will I be able to keep up?

The class instructors are all qualified exercise professionals and will ensure that the exercises are suitable for your level of ability. Over the weeks the instructor will give you more challenging exercises to help you increase your strength and balance, but only at a pace that you are able to manage.

 

I’m not very confident in group situations?

The class instructors will make you feel welcome and introduce you to the other participants. Most people really enjoy the classes and continue with the follow-on classes as they experience the benefits of improved strength, balance and confidence.

When & Where

We provide this service at a number of locations. To find the location nearest to you, enter your postcode into the field below and then click ‘Submit’.

Then click on a red marker on the map to find out details about that particular location and to get directions to it from your postcode.

Directions will appear at the bottom of your screen once you have clicked the "get directions" option on the red marker, so please scroll down.

Find your nearest site

If you are registered with SystmOnline you will be able to view your own Electronic Medical Record (EMR), manage your appointments, request repeat medication, update contact details and message your healthcare service. There is also a SystmOnline app available for Apple and Android devices.

Getting In Touch

Your feedback is a key source of information and we encourage you to get in touch if you have any questions, concerns, compliments or would like to make a complaint relating to our services. We can:

  • Resolve your problems or concerns
  • Provide advice and support
  • Answer your questions
  • Point you in the right direction of useful information and support

Key Resources

Documents

Videos

  • Falls prevention exercises

    A new CSP animated video demonstrates how six simple exercises can keep people mobile and independent as they age. Source: Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

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