Falls Prevention

What is Falls Prevention

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Certain people – particularly seniors or people suffering from disease or injury – are at high risk of falling due to cognitive problems, decreased muscle power, poor balance and poor eyesight.

At pt Health we understand that prevention is the key to reducing serious injuries. The pt Health Falls Prevention Program does just that.

The pt Health Falls Prevention programs provide a comprehensive prevention plan and therapy options. Our goal is to minimize, if not eliminate entirely, the risk of such falls for patients in Long-Term Care facilities. The pt Health approach to falls prevention is specifically geared toward people who are at a high risk of falling or have fallen many times. Falls can be dangerous, especially if they result in head injuries or fractures in people who have weak bone density.

Thirty to forty percent of people above the age of 65 are prone to injuries from falling. Falls can result in long stays at the hospital, debilitating pain, reduced social contact, loss of independence, increased medical costs, embarrassment, and anxiety. Falls prevention means learning how to avoid falling among older patients and those who are predisposed due to existing health conditions.

Falls Prevention provides a valuable service to patients by improving balance and coordination which greatly reduces the risk of falls. If you are prone to frequent falling, participate in adventurous sports, or are suffering from arthritis and other bone or muscle related problems, this physiotherapy-based fall prevention program is an excellent option for you.

To learn more about pt Health’s Senior’s Wellness falls prevention program, please visit Senior’s Wellness Division

How it Helps

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Thirty to forty percent of people above the age of 65 are prone to injuries from falling. Falls can result in long stays at the hospital, debilitating pain, reduced social contact, loss of independence, increased medical costs, embarrassment, and anxiety.

Falls prevention means learning how to avoid falling among older patients and those who are predisposed due to existing health conditions. Falls Prevention provides a valuable service to patients by greatly reducing the risk of falls through improving balance and coordination. If you are prone to frequent falls, participate in adventurous sports, or suffer from arthritis and other bone or muscle related problems, this physiotherapy-based fall prevention program is an excellent option for you.

Common Questions

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If you are above 55 years old, you are in greater risk of falls because of lowered bone density after this age. The risks increases after 60.
Thirty percent of falls result in moderate to severe injuries and 5-7 percent of falls require hospitalization. An assessment can identify the risk of people who are prone to falling, identify people who may need special supportive devices, and make way for planning exercise programs that can improve the ability of the body to be flexible and resist falls.
Falls prevention teaches you several exercises that can dramatically reduce the risk of falls. Reports show that strength and balance exercises over a period of 10 weeks can improve bone density, muscle mass and overcome neurological problems.
Older people have high risk of falling. The risk factors include people who have low bone density, health conditions like arthritis, poor vision or eyesight, hearing loss, Parkinson’s disease, depression, cardiovascular disease, foot disorders, dementia, and stroke, among others. External factors like poor lighting, hazards at home, medicinal side-effects, poor quality shoes, and slippery terrain.

Coverage Options

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pt Health therapy services are covered by most extended health insurance companies and in some cases Veterans Affairs and Medicare – such as OHIP (Ontario), Alberta Health Care and Medical Service Plan MSP (British Columbia). Not sure if you’re covered? No problem. We can help you find out (and usually within the hour). Just call us toll free at 1-866-749-7461.

At pt Health we believe your health should come first. We take care of the paperwork so you can focus on getting better, plus we offer direct insurance billing, saving you time and up front costs.

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Research

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The 2007 Falls Prevention Research Summary is an all-inclusive risk assessment which gives information on risk data and trends, evidence-based practices, case studies, patient safety initiatives, and standards and guidelines.

The Moreland Community Health Centre and the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) has done research in 2006-2007 on how to improve balance and prevent falls in older people.

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