The Bolton Clarke Caboolture At Home Support team has been part of an in-home exercise pilot project that is improving fitness and reducing frailty for Commonwealth Home Support Program clients.
The active@home initiative, undertaken by members of Brisbane North PHN’s Aged Care Consortium (including Bolton Clarke), is an 18-week personal care worker (PCW) led program that delivers fitness support adjacent to PCW services.
The pilot project included creating an in-home exercise program, designing and delivering a training module for PCWs in consultation with accredited exercise physiologists, producing a participant resource booklet, conducting an 18-week intervention and assessing the effectiveness of the program.
Participants showed a 19 per cent improvement on measures including walking speed, balance ability and strength and there was a 19 per cent reduction in the number of participants classified as frail.
There was also a steady reduction in health care service utilisation by participants, with a total reduction of 47 per cent.
Bolton Clarke Caboolture At-Home Support Manager Duncan Henderson said three Caboolture PCWs had undertaken the training and delivered the program to three clients. A total 39 PCWs from 11 consortium member providers were involved.
“Generally, as we know, exercise helps improve functional mobility and there have been some good outcomes from this approach,” he said.
“The PCWs were guided by exercise physiologists and physiotherapists who helped provide the framework of the exercises.
“It’s been a wonderful initiative, with a great focus on wellness and reablement.”
The activity is supported by funding from the Australian Government under the PHN Program.
Read more about active@home here