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Elderly Fall Prevention

As people get older, the risk of falls and the severity of injury resulting from falls increase. Fortunately, geriatric falls are predictable and preventable. Understanding the varied health needs of the elderly, HealthQuest, a leading rehabilitation center in Brooklyn, New York, provides elderly fall prevention programs that are tailored to help the elderly manage their health and stay mobile.

Comprehensive Health Care for the Elderly

We specialize in geriatric care and can provide individualized treatment for older adults with chronic conditions, and functional limitations and disabilities.

Medical conditions that cause acute and chronic pain in the elderly include

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Bone and joint problems
  • Hip fractures
  • Cancer
  • Head trauma
  • Heart disease
  • Skin ulcers
  • Surgery

At HealthQuest, we offer proven strategies for offering pain management in the elderly. We combine pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic approaches to manage chronic as well as acute pain in the elderly.

Our

pain management

interventions include:
  • TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
  • Nerve blocks
  • Acetaminophen
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Anti-convulsants and tricyclic antidepressants
  • Physical therapy
  • Exercise programs
  • Cold/heat treatments

Our health care services for the elderly are designed to help them improve the quality of life.

Our program is designed to:

  • Determine if you are at risk to fall
  • Identify the factors that put you at risk
  • Modify the risk factors
  • Improve mobility
  • Help maintain independence

At HealthQuest, treatment begins with proper pain assessment. We have a multidisciplinary team approach that involves the patient, family/caregivers, and our pain management doctors. Our team works closely with geriatric patients to elicit pain information which is crucial to pain assessment and treatment. We pay attention to both clinical and psychological aspects to tackle pain in the elderly.

Fall Risk Assessment and Conditioning Program

Our program, managed by geriatric care specialists, pain management physicians and orthopedists, is designed to reduce the risk of falls among the elderly. Participation in the program is based on physician referral. The program consists of an evaluation that takes 45 minutes, and if required 12 visits (1 hour each), over four weeks.

Fall Risk Assessment

A series of tests are performed to identify the physical as well as environmental factors that put the person at the risk of falling. Physical factors such as the patient’s muscular strength, balance, walking speed, step length, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness are evaluated. Our risk assessment includes:

  • General health questions
  • Tests of blood pressure and heart rate
  • Balance test
  • Walking test
  • Knee and ankle strength test
  • Conditioning

Once the evaluation is complete, the conditioning part of the program is implemented. This involves developing customized solutions to modify the physical and environmental risks of falling.

  • Biodex Isokinetic Testing and exercise to improve ankle and leg strength
  • Dynamic Balance Testing and Training to help maintain physical balance even under challenging conditions
  • Gait Testing and Training to manage walking speed and step length

Our team also provides participants with home safety tips to eliminate the fall risk factors in their homes or surroundings such as poor lighting, slippery / uneven floors, unstable step stool, cluttered walkways and storage areas.

Benefits of Our Slip and

Fall Prevention Program

  • Reduces the risk of falling
  • Improves mobility and safety
  • Increases confidence
  • Helps enhance personal independence

We also offer comprehensive support services and caregiver coaching for adult children.

Participate in a Fall Risk Assessment and Conditioning Program – Before the Fall. To know more about our elderly fall prevention services, call 718-769-2521 or send an email to info@hqbk.com.