As people get older, the risk of falls and the severity of injury resulting from falls increases. Fortunately, geriatric falls are predictable and preventable. HealthQuest, the leading healthcare center in Brooklyn, NY proves this with effective services for elderly fall prevention. Our comprehensive slip/fall prevention program adheres to the clinical practice guidelines of the American Geriatric Society.
Falls can lead to long-term injuries such as debilitating hip fractures and traumatic brain injuries, limiting the mobility and independence of the elderly. Risk factors for falls in elderly can be physical or environmental. Physical factors include unsteady gait and balance, weak muscles, poor vision, medications, and dementia. Environmental factors that contribute to the risk of falling are those that make the home environment unsafe such as slippery surfaces and poor lighting.
Our slip/fall prevention program features multi-factorial interventions to determine, identify and modify all these risk factors.
Our six-week 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.
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 patient’s muscular strength, balance, walking speed, step length, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness are evaluated. Our risk assessment includes:
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.
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.
To know more about our elderly fall prevention services, call 718-769-2521 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.