DID YOU KNOW?
" Everyday in the United States 5,000 adults age 65 and over are hospitalized due to fall-related injuries? One out of three older adults falls each year, and one out five falls causes serious head injuries and broken bones "
Falls are the number one cause of injury, hospital visits due to trauma, and death from injury among people age 65 and older. The aim of the Fall Prevention Program is to provide education and instruction with regard to home safety, potential tripping hazards and the importance of physical activity. Falls among older adults is a serious issue, but research has shown that many fall risks can be reduced.
Patients over the age of 65 years are eligible for the Fall Risk Prevention program. They will undergo an evaluation that will determine their potential risk for falling and an individualized exercise program that will include strength, balance and gait training will be developed for each patient. Each patient will receive a combination of exercise training in the clinic as well as a home exercise program. The length of the program will be determined based on the patient’s individual needs and risk for falling. Patients risk for falling will be reassessed regularly over a 6-12 month period.
There are many different factors that can increase the risk of falling. These include:
- Previous falls
- Balance problems
- Muscle weakness
- Problems walking
- Memory problems
- Hazards at home
- Vision problems
This program is highly recommended to patients:
|| Age 65 and older who have fallen in the past year. learn more »
|| Who have difficulties with walking and balance.
||Living alone with vision problems.