What is Steady Steps?
Steady Steps is a new community-based health referral programme run by Edinburgh Leisure in partnership with NHS Lothian. The programme runs for 16 weeks with one session each week. Sessions are delivered in community settings in Edinburgh, such as local leisure centres and community centres. As well as attending the once weekly session, participants are expected to complete home exercises twice weekly for the duration of the programme.
Who is it for?
The programme delivers group exercise sessions to older people who have had or are at risk of having a fall.
How can I access it?
Your physiotherapist or occupational therapist will decide whether or not you are appropriate for Steady Steps. If they think you are, they will complete a referral form and send it to the programme coordinator. The programme coordinator will then send you a letter inviting you to your nearest programme.
How much does it cost?
Each session lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes and costs £1 to attend (this includes complimentary refreshments after the physical activity session).
What happens at a session?
Sessions consist of a warm-up, some physical activity and a cool-down, followed by 30 minutes of chat over tea and biscuits. There is scientific evidence that the exercises used in the sessions help to increase endurance, strength, flexibility and balance. All exercises will be adapted to each individual so that no exercise is too easy or too difficult for anyone. There are seated alternatives available for all exercises. In the first and last session we will do some basic tests and questionnaires to help us measure your progress.
Who delivers the sessions?
Sessions are delivered by a Postural Stability Instructor who has completed specialist training to deliver Falls Exercise Service classes. They will help you identify your goals and make sure you exercise in a safe and supported environment. The instructor will be supported by a volunteer to deliver the classes and facilitate the tea and coffee afterwards.
Carers are welcome to attend and assist if necessary but your physiotherapist or occupational therapist should note this on the referral form.
Details for Referrers
Referrers can download a pdf document setting out the referral procedure. Simply click on the link below.