Falls Volunteers Are No April Fools

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The first of April isn’t just a day to play jokes on family and friends. At Eastern Health April 1 also brings with it a great opportunity to spread the word on the serious nature of patient falls and the potential harms associated, through April Falls Day initiatives.

 “Falls can lead to significant implications for our patients and residents and may result in a longer stay in hospital,” said Kathy Marshall, Director of Nursing at Wantirna Health.

There are many factors that can cause a person to fall, including unsteady balance, some medicines, poor eyesight and environmental hazards.   

Eastern Health is currently looking for volunteers to get involved in their Falls Prevention and Wellbeing Volunteer Program at Box Hill Hospital, Maroondah Hospital, Peter James Centre, Wantirna Health, and Healesville Hospital and Yarra Valley Health.

“Our volunteers assist high-risk patients with simple intervention strategies. They are supported by a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals and will be trained as part of the Eastern Health volunteer program,” said Ms Marshall.

 “If you are compassionate, a good communicator and like working with people, we would love to hear from you. Current volunteers include university students, retired professionals and people who are seeking something more in their life,” said Ms Marshall.

To apply, donate or find out more about this award-winning program call Eastern Health Volunteer Services on 9895 4658.

Media contact: Chris Reid, Media and Publications Coordinator – (03) 9092 6771