How Can We Help Prevent Falls?
At HealthFlex, we have identified the most effective method for preventing falls. We start with an evaluation by a registered nurse to identify risk factors. Understanding the risks allows us to help reduce them. Then, our multidisciplinary team of specialists develops an individualized plan for preventing falls. We can help target physical activities to improve balance and mobility and reduce fall risk. Also, we can identify necessary changes to the home environment to remove hazards with a home safety assessment.
Balance & Mobility (Physical Activity)
Physical therapy and strength training not only improve mobility, but also reduce the risk of falling. One of the main reasons older people suffer from regular falls is because of a lack of exercise. Our low-impact exercise programs and passive physical therapy helps our patients build and maintain their physical strength and balance to reduce fall risks.
Many falls are the direct result of hazards in the environment. Things one once took for granted, such as the bathtub or stairs, can suddenly become scary and dangerous. Our occupational therapists and home safety coordinator will inspect the home and make changes to help reduce the risk of falling. Modifications can include installing grab bars in the bathroom, improving lighting, and removing throw rugs or other hazards.