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Learn Your Risk of Falling at Free Screening

Posted by Gayle Young on Sep 6, 2018 4:02:17 PM

Sunset Village Rehab is holding a free fall-risk screening on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, from 11am-2pm. By assessing your balance and strength, and reviewing your health and medications, the evaluation will help you determine how likely you are to suffer a fall. Participants will have opportunities to visit with healthcare vendors and be eligible to win raffle prizes.

Why A Fall-Risk Screening?

Falls are among the most common cause for nonfatal, trauma-related hospitalizations. Nearly 300,000 hip fractures are caused by falls each year. And falling is the most common cause behind traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Every fourteen seconds someone receives emergency room treatment for fall-related injuries.

Older adults are especially at risk for serious injuries resulting from falls. Indeed, one in three people age 65 and older suffers a fall annually.

The financial burdens associated with falls are staggering. Medical costs related to falling totaled $50 billion in 2015, and are expected to reach almost $68 billion by 2020.

When individuals know they have high risks of falling, they can take added steps to protect themselves from the physical and financial hardships caused by falls.

Taking Action to Avoid Falls

Should our screening show you are susceptible to falling, there are steps you can take to lower your risks. First, talk to your physician. Discuss any medications you are taking and learn if any known side effects could cause a fall. Also ask whether your existing medical conditions increase your chances for injury. For example, eye and ear disorders, joint pain, and nerve problems are all conditions with symptoms that could lead to falling.

Staying active is another way to help prevent falls. Participating in physical activities such as walking, swimming, and dancing will improve your overall strength, balance, and coordination.

Ensuring a safe home environment also reduces the risk. Fifty-five percent of falls occur inside the home. Avoid hazards in high-traffic areas, and remove items such as boxes, loose rugs, and electrical cords from walkways. Outdoors, install sidewalk lighting and entrance ramps.

Your doctor might recommend assistive devices to help you walk, stand, or maintain your balance. Using a walker or cane and installing devices such as hand rails for stairways, grab bars in bathrooms, and seats for showers or tubs, can help keep you upright.

What’s Next If You Do Fall?

If you are injured in a fall, your doctor could prescribe physical therapy as part of your recovery. Physical therapy helps treat injuries through movement and exercise, and involves activities designed to improve balance, increase agility, develop muscle tone, and expand range of motion.

Sunset Village has a state-of-the-art rehabilitation center which offers both inpatient and outpatient subacute rehabilitation. Our experienced therapists will guide you through the rehab process and teach you how to help prevent further falls from happening.

If you believe you could be at risk for falling, join us for our free fall-risk screening. For more information, call us at 419-724-1200.


Topics: Inpatient Rehabilitation, Rehab, Physical Therapy, Aging, Outpatient Rehabilitation