This paper explores the perceptions and experiences of falls among Personal Alert Victoria (PAV) clients and identifies barriers and enablers to engagement in falls prevention interventions. Data were collected via semistructured telephone interviews (n = 12) and a client survey with open-ended and closed-ended questions (n = 46). Descriptive statistics and thematic analysis was guided by the COM-B model (capability, opportunity, and motivation) for behaviour change. The interview and survey explored experiences of falls, falls risk factors, access and participation in falls prevention interventions, access to health and support services, and experiences using the PAV service. Capability barriers identified included poor health, lack of time, low health literacy, and perceived high intensity of exercise classes. Opportunity barriers were lack of transport, high cost, and long waiting times for falls prevention interventions. Motivation barriers were the belief that falls are inevitable and a perceived lack of relevance of falls prevention interventions. Enablers identified were a focus on broader health and well-being benefits (capability), hospitalisations or rehabilitation that incorporates falls prevention in recovery (opportunity), and raising awareness of falls risk (motivation). Findings suggest that further research is required to inform the tailoring of positive health messages to improve the uptake of falls prevention interventions by PAV clients.
- Older person
- Personal response system