Otago is a home-based exercise programme for frail older people who are at risk of falls and may find it difficult to attend community exercise classes. It is proven to improve strength and balance, lower the risk of falling, and reduce the fear of falling that may affect an older person's inclination to get around in the community. 

The Otago programme comprises leg muscle strengthening and balance training that progresses in difficulty. Participants are encouraged to exercise at home 2-3 times per week and receive materials (an exercise book, resistance band and ankle weights) to keep at home. Taking two 30 minute walks outside per week is also strongly recommended. 

Participants receive six home visits over 6 months from a qualified instructor, plus telephone support in between visits. They will also be encouraged to keep an exercise diary during the programme. 


Referrals for Otago can only be made by health professionals and are subject to eligibility criteria being met. Download the Otago 2019 referral form

MRS Independent Living is delivering Otago for residents of City and Hackney as part of a one year pilot funded by City and Hackney CCG. The pilot launched in June 2019 and will run until the end of May 2020 to inform future commissioning decisions. 

For more information please email or phone 0330 380 1013.