Falls Prevention

A Matter of Balance – Join our Team!

Chances are you know somebody who has fallen or who is afraid of falling. A Matter of Balance is a program intended to help people manage concerns about falls and increase physical activity. We are looking for volunteers to assist in leading this program.

“A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls” is conducted in 8 two-hour sessions (9 for the online class) and uses group discussion, problem-solving strategies, videos and gentle physical exercise. Older adults learn positive coping methods to reduce fear of falling and remain active and independent.

This FREE program relies on volunteers—coaches and guest health care professionals and, for the online version of the program, navigators.

Coaches

A Matter of Balance coaches need good communication and interpersonal skills, enthusiasm, dependability and a willingness to lead small groups of older adults. Coaches also need to be able to lead low- to moderate-level exercise. Pairs of trained coaches with the support of a master trainer lead A Matter of Balance classes.

Coach Job Description

 

Guest Health Care Professionals

Guest health care professionals present a scripted demonstration and Q&A session that together last about an hour within an A Matter of Balance class.

Guest Healthcare Professional Job Description

 

Navigators

Navigators provide technical support and training to address connectivity and tech quality issues with devices, internet service, and the Zoom platform so participants, coaches, and Guest Health Care Professionals can interact effectively in A Matter of Balance sessions presented online.  Requires the ability to troubleshoot problems, determine fixes, and diplomatically relay what needs to be done or learned in a way that is easy to understand by others who may have limited experience with technology.

 

How to Volunteer

To learn more about volunteering to help empower older adults to avoid falls and their consequences, please call 509-458-2509 and ask for a Falls Prevention staff member.