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Accidental Falls and Fall Prevention

Choosing the right Rehabilitation Program and Therapy Team can play an important role in recovery!

What do we know about Fall Prevention?

Falls can threaten the health, well-being and quality-of-life for many aging adults and their families. About 35% of people over 65 and 50% of those over 85 years of age will experience an accidental fall this year. This number is even higher for those who are hospitalized or institutionalized. Falls are caused by many factors and may lead to serious consequences including injury, loss of mobility, premature nursing home placement, fearfulness and even death. Unfortunately, most people don’t know that Fall Prevention Programs are available to help reduce the risk of an accidental fall.

What treatments can work?

Most falls can be prevented. Until recently however, falling was thought to be an inevitable result of aging. Fortunately, medical research has shown that many falls are preventable if the risk factors are identified early enough and the right treatments are introduced. ACP’s Fall Prevention Program follows this research and the recommendations outlined in the American Geriatric Society’s Guidelines for "Fall Prevention."

Guideline for the Prevention of Falls in Older Persons

How can therapeutic exercise and electrical stimulation be used for strengthening and balance?

Slow, gentle stretching and simple strengthening exercises can be combined with mild, comfortable electrical stimulation to help improve strength, balance, agility and mobility.

Who should consider trying our Falls Prevention Program?

You or a loved one should consider trying our program if you have:

  • Unsteadiness while standing, walking or turning
  • Recent stroke or hip fracture
  • Side effects from medication causing dizziness, sedation, confusion or weakness
  • Osteoporosis, Parkinson’s Disease or history of Stroke
  • A recent fall
  • Slow walking speed
  • A fear of falling
How can you get help?

ACP’s Falls Prevention Program is offered by thousands of recognized skilled nursing facilities and other rehabilitation providers around the country. You should speak to your doctor or your loved one’s about these treatment options and call 1-800-350-1100 to locate a facility near you offering ACP’s programs. A quick professional health evaluation is all that is needed to get started with our program!

What can you expect with ACP’s Fall Prevention Program?

The programs are implemented by the facility’s therapy and nursing departments, in conjunction with ACP’s professional clinicians and the patient’s physician. This team of healthcare professionals will likely evaluate factors such as diet, medications, fear of falling, flexibility, balance and strength. Your or your loved one’s ability to walk, turn and reach may also be assessed. Then a treatment plan will be developed to best meet your or your loved one’s needs and personal goals.

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