Fall Prevention for Older Adults
Have you fallen in the past year? Do you feel dizzy when you walk and does it interfere with your daily activities? Are you having problems with your vision?
If you answer yes to any of these questions, you could be a risk for falling. Did you know that 1 out of 3 adults over 65 sustains a fall each year? According to the National Council on Aging, every 15 seconds an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall. You likely have a friend or relative who has fallen and spent many months recuperating in a nursing home. Sometimes falls can lead to an early death.
As your podiatrist, I want to make sure that you live a long and healthy life. You may already be coming to the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City for regular care of your feet and nails or you or a loved one may have just found this website.
Either way, you can improve your balance and prevent yourself from falling.
"In Balance" Fall Prevention Program
We designed the “In Balance Fall Prevention Program” because too many of our patients have suffered falls, often with devastating consequences. Although we’ve always assessed our older patients for fall risks, we decided that more could be done.
The five services we provide for our patients are:
- A complete fall assessment with 12 parameters to understand and reduce your risk
- If determined to be beneficial, we will cast and fit you with a Moore Balance Brace.
- Referral to a physical therapist specializing in balance disorders when needed.
Other ways to prevent falls are:
- Making your home safer
- Senior Services Home Repairs Program for placement of grab bars and handrails.
- Exercise classes to improve your strength and balance.
Assess Your Risk For Falling
If you're not sure about your risk, answer these questions from CDC, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. If you score 4 points or more, you may be at risk for falling. All no answers are 0.
|Yes (2)||No||I have fallen in the past year.|
|Yes (2)||No||I use or have been advised to use a cane or walker to get around safely.|
|Yes (1)||No||Sometimes I feel unsteady when I am walking.|
|Yes (1)||No||I am worried about falling.|
|Yes (1)||No||I need to push with my hands to stand up from a chair.|
|Yes (1)||No||I have some trouble stepping up onto a curb.|
|Yes (1)||No||I often have to rush to the toilet.|
|Yes (1)||No||I have lost some feeling in my feet.|
|Yes (1)||No||I take medication that sometimes makes me feel light-headed or more tired than usual.|
|Yes (1)||No||I take medicine to help me sleep or improve my mood.|
|Yes (1)||No||I often feel sad and depressed.|
|Yes (1)||No||I steady myself by holding onto furniture when walking at home.|
To make an appointment with the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City call 206-368-7000.