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Falls Prevention Physio Class Seniors Week

Dean Thurgood Physiotherapy

Garden Village is hosting a falls prevention class as part of the Seniors Festival with Physio Dean Thurgood.

Improving balance and strength reduces risk of falls

As we age, the risk of falls increases, and falls can result in serious injuries that can impact our quality of life. Falls prevention for seniors is important to maintain independence, mobility, and overall health. Fractures are the most common type of injury sustained for both males and females who were hospitalised due to a fall.

“To prevent falls and maintain independence daily exercise should include activities that improve strength and balance. Every bit of activity helps,” said Dean Thurgood Physiotherapist.

I see and work with many residents in Garden Village who have  been impacted by falls, and work with many to prevent future falls. It is vital that all residents participate in prevention measures long before the falls and near misses occur. Prevention is the key, don’t wait until you have had a fall to do something about it.”

Dean hosts group exercise classes with Garden Village Aged Care residents twice a week and also offers physio programs for our independent living residents.

“It’s well known that poor balance and strength will affect a person’s mobility and put them at an increased risk of a fall. The good news is that by improving balance and strength, people can reduce their risk of falling and suffering a fall-related injury. Research tells us that exercise reduces the risk of falling by 23%,” added Dean.

Tips for falls prevention at Garden Village include: 

  • Home Modifications: Simple modifications to homes can reduce the risk of falls, such as removing tripping hazards, installing grab bars in bathrooms, and improving lighting. Garden Village continuously checks for hazards to ensure the safety of our residents.
  • Wear appropriate footwear: Seniors should wear shoes with non-slip soles and good support to reduce the risk of falls.
  • Stay hydrated: Dehydration can cause dizziness and fainting, which can increase the risk of falls. Seniors should drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  • Get regular vision and hearing checkups: regular checkups to ensure that you can see and hear clearly can reduce the risk of falls.

Join Garden Village Physiotherapist Dean Thurgood for a Free sessions brought to the community as part of the Garden Village Seniors Festival Calendar of Events.


  1. Physio Based Falls Prevention Session on Friday 22 March. 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm Cascades Gym 19 Garden Crescent.
  2. Trial a 30 minute Hydrotherapy Class Wed 20th Mar 2024, 10:15 am – 10:45 am

Classes are free, Class sizes are limited.

Dean Thurgood Physiotherapy Practice Port Macquarie

Located in Port Macquarie on the NSW Mid North Coast, Garden Village is a leading Retirement Living, Aged Care, Disability and Home Care Service. As a registered not for profit we’ve provided care services to the community for over 40 years.

For more than 40 years, Garden Village has provided homes, care and support for ageing Australians on the land of the Birpai people. We pay our respects to all First Nations Ancestors, Elders and People in our community and throughout Australia. We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of Country, and their continuing connection to land, sea, culture and community.

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