The leading cause of injury-related hospitalizations is due to falls, especially for our aging community. Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated for a fall-related injury and every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall. While it’s true that a fall-related injury can occur at any age, injuries resulting from a fall are a big concern for older adults. Centura Health is committed to reducing the number of fall-related injuries in our community through education, exercise and mindfulness.
Learn to move with strength and confidence
Experiencing a fall-related injury can greatly diminish your ability to lead an active and independent life. It’s estimated that one-third of people over age 65 and almost half of the people over age 80 will fall at least once this year. Our comprehensive program can help you better understand and reduce the factors that place you at greater risk for a fall.
Is a fall prevention program right for you?
Our fall prevention programs include a comprehensive assessment to help identify:
- Existing medical conditions that may contribute to an increased risk of falling
- Fall hazards and risks related to the home environment and activities
- The need for and correct utilization of assistive devices
- A specific exercise program to improve strength, mobility and balance
Who can benefit from this program?
- Adults ages 65 and over
- Individuals concerned with falling
- Those that have experienced falls in the past
- Those who just don’t move or walk with the confidence they used to have
- Those with muscle weakness and limited mobility
- Those who complain of dizziness or light headedness
- Individuals who experience problems with vision or numbness in their feet
What are the benefits of participating in this program?
- Better understanding of how to reduce the risks of falls in the home
- Develop better strength and improve balance
- Avoid injury and hospitalization
- Live independently with strength and confidence
We offer a variety of programs for both the individual needing one-on-one treatment (including treatment for vertigo) as well as affordable group classes to improve balance, educate about fall prevention and increase safe activity to those of all abilities. Our programs include exercises to improve balance and strength as well as programs to foster better coordination, strengthen lower body muscles and increase confidence.
Stepping On is a group class geared toward adults ages 65 and over who live independently and who want to:
- Step outside their home with confidence
- Become more aware of fall hazards and learn how their fall risk can be reduced
- Learn the most up-to-date information on fall prevention
- Participate in simple and fun strength and balance exercises
Through instruction and facilitated group discussion, this class builds confidence and helps participants manage their health behaviors, reduce risk of falls and maintain active and fulfilling lives. Subjects covered include the role vision plays in keeping balance, how medications can contribute to falls, ways to stay safe when out in your community and how to check your home for safety hazards.
Physical Therapy for Fall Prevention
Through evaluation and assessment of various disorders and deficits, you’ll participate in treatment based specifically on your challenges and goals, including treatment for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, dizziness, and balance deficits from stroke, Parkinson’s or joint replacement. Treatment will focus on alleviating symptoms, increasing strength and mobility and balance therapy. Your physical therapist will perform a thorough medical history and evaluation, measuring your balance, gait, posture, strength, flexibility and range of motion.
From this evaluation, a personalized program will be created to meet your specific needs. Physical therapy may include exercises to improve stability and walking, and can help you adapt to different walking surfaces and activities. Learn more about physical therapy.
Take Action to Prevent Falls
You can take four simple steps to help prevent injuries from falls:
- Begin a regular exercise program. Exercises that improve balance and strength are the most helpful.
- Ask your health care provider to review your medicines. Some medicines or combinations of medicines can make you sleepy or dizzy and cause you to fall.
- Get a vision exam. Have your eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year. Poor vision can increase your chances of falling.
- Make your home safer. Remove tripping hazards, such as throw rugs and electrical cords from stairs, living areas and the kitchen, and repair any loose tiles and uneven floorboards. Install grab bars next to your toilet and shower and be sure your home has adequate lighting, including night lights in hallways and bathrooms.