Our Fall Prevention Program addresses balance and walking deficits to improve the safety and well-being of adults in our local communities. Each year, nearly 1/3 of older adults experience a fall. Approximately 10% of these falls result in serious injury such as hip fracture or head injury that requires hospitalization. Falls are the leading cause of death among older adults which is why we are committed to decreasing the incidence of falls experienced by the general population, and especially for any at-risk seniors.
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Our physical therapists will perform a comprehensive evaluation and provide you with an individualized treatment plan to address problem areas. This plan will consist of strength and balance exercises, gait training, assistive device recommendations, education on potential home fall hazards and recommendations for ancillary services.
Risk Factors Associated With Falls
- Decreased strength of the legs
- Difficulty with balance and walking
- Conditions associated with aging
- Vision problems
- Pre-Existing medical problems that limit mobility such as arthritis, Parkinson disease, stroke or diabetes
- Being on more than four medications at the same time
- Environmental hazards (throw rugs, uneven ground, poor lighting, pets, etc.)
- Low blood pressure
Falls are the main reason why older people lose their independence. Participation in a fall prevention program will help you learn about the various risk factors and what you can do to reduce your risk of falling.