Balance and Fall


Fall and injury prevention continues to be a considerable challenge in health care. Up to 32% of community-dwelling individuals over the age of 65 fall each year, and females fall more frequently than males in this age group. Fall-related injuries are the most common cause of accidental death in those over the age of 65, resulting in 41 fall-related deaths per 100,000 people per year.¹ To address this growing concern, the Joint Commission established the Home Care National Patient Safety Goals for 2011, to educate patient and families how to prevent injuries from falling.²

Common Conditions or Diagnosis for Balance and Fall Program
    Diagnosis of Knee or Hip Pain                             Recent Total Joint Replacement
    Diagnosis of Vestibular Disease                          History of Falls
    Diagnosis of Polyneuropathy                               Difficulty or slow when walking
    Diagnosis of Chronic Back Pain                           Apparent Leg Weakness
    Diagnosis of Stroke (old)                                     Fear of walking alone
    Diagnosis of Gait Abnormality                              Loss of standing balance
            Diagnosis of Parkinson’s, MS, SLE or other similar illness

Our Interdisciplinary Approach

Skilled Nursing
    Complete History and Physical Assessment
    Medication Review and Teaching

Physical Therapy
    Brief Review of History of Present Illness                 Strength and ROM Assessment
    Gait and Balance Assessment                               Sensory & Proprioception Assessment
    Visual Acuity Training                                            Vestibular Therapy
    Neurological Testing                                              Strengthening and Conditioning
    Home Safety Evaluation                                         Patient /Caregiver Education
    Equipment Evaluation and Proper Use

Occupational Therapy
    Complete OT Assessment                                     ADL’s Retraining
    Work Modification                                                 Visual Acuity Training

Home Health Aide 
    Grooming and Bathing Assistance                         Light Housekeeping Pertaining to Patient Care Area

¹ 2009, Fall and Injury Prevention, Leanne Currie
² 2011, Joint Commission, Home Care National Patient Safety Goals