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The Fisher-Titus Medical Center Fall Prevention Program

Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists will collaborate with you to design an individualized program for preventing falls.

Are you at risk for falling?

  • Do you feel less steady on your feet than you did one year ago?
  • Have you had a fall recently?
  • Do you ever lose your balance or feel dizzy?
  • Do you have a fear of falling?

Facts about falls

  • 1 in every 3 persons age 65 and older experience a fall each year.
  • 25 percent of persons over age 65 who experience falls resulting in hip fractures die within six months from medical complications.
  • 25 percent of individuals over age 65 who suffer from a hip fracture, lose significant ability to perform many everyday activities such as dressing, walking, and getting into and out of bed.
  • Between 33 percent and 50 percent of older adults report fear of falling.

The Fisher-Titus Medical Center Steady As We Go program is based on well-established and researched science. Fisher-Titus Medical Center's health care professionals utilize technology and assess individualized needs to develop an objective and personalized program.

At Fisher-Titus Medical Center, we are dedicated to helping you improve your safety and mobility as well as increase your independence with activities you complete on a daily basis.

Entry Into the program

If you or someone you know would benefit from this program, please contact the Fisher-Titus Medical Center Physical Therapy Department at:

419-668-8101, Ext. 6435

800-589-3862, Ext. 6435

A referral must be obtained from your physician, in order to begin the program.

Components of Fall Prevention

Strength

Strength is very important for the response of your body after a balance disturbance. Testing will identify weakness and, if necessary, exercises will be suggested to improve ankle and leg strength.

Balance

Normal balance is controlled by a complex combination of visual, muscular, and neurological systems. Together these systems keep individuals from falling when encountering a sudden loss of balance. Testing and exercise will improve your ability to remain upright during challenging conditions.

Walking Speed & Step Length

Older adults typically have a slower walking speed. Steps may also be shorter and vary in length. These factors help our bodies maintain balance. Testing and exercise may help you learn how to walk more safely and confidently.

Environmental Modifications

In some cases, the set-up of your home may limit your independence with certain activities such as showering and cooking. Education and instruction on possible changes to your home may improve your ability and safety when attempting these activities. These modifications and knowledge of proper use of equipment will decrease your risk of falls at home.

The First Visit

You will receive an evaluation by a Physical and Occupational Therapist that will include:

  • General health and medical history
  • Strength, flexibility, balance, and functional testing
  • The completion of a functional outcome questionnaire
  • A short vision screening
  • Collaboration with therapists to determine your specific goals to develop a customized program

Subsequent Visits

You will receive a personalized in-home visit by an Occupational Therapist to evaluate fall hazards throughout your home and to establish possible strategies to remediate the risk of falling.

Additional visits to Fisher-Titus Medical Center will consist of:

  • Exercising to improve strength, balance, walking speed, step length, and flexibility
  • Establishing exercises to complete at home with little or no equipment
  • Practicing everyday activities to ensure you are completing them as safely as possible

Final Session

During your final visit to Fisher-Titus Medical Center, we will re-evaluate the components that were tested during initial visit.

  • Complete a functional outcome questionnaire
  • Review home programs
  • Send progress report to your physician
  • Address any remaining questions you may have