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Home Health Fall Prevention In Southeast FL

Fall Prevention In-Home Health Care

Fall Prevention for Seniors

Falls are the leading cause of fatal injuries and the second leading cause of nonfatal injuries for people over 65 in the United States. In assisted living facilities, 30% of seniors experience at least one fall per year, and 40% of these falls result in hospital stays attributable to hip fractures. With an estimated cost of $2.4 billion annually to treat injuries to seniors, injuries due to falls represent 41% of the costs to our health care system.

Options Home Health has designed a comprehensive home health fall prevention program to help patients reduce falls and maintain their independence at home. We understand that seniors are naturally concerned about safety and falling that may potentially cause consequences including fall-related injuries. Our team is here to help you or your loved one improve balance and strength to help prevent falls and increase confidence and mobility.

Who Benefits from this Program?

  • Patients with muscular or neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s or MS
  • Recent hospitalization or worsening of disease process causing deconditioning
  • Anyone with a history of frequent falls
  • Patients with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis having pain and mobility issues
  • Patients with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) or Meniere’s disease
  • Seniors experiencing functional decline and weakness

Our Fall Prevention Program

The natural progression of aging put seniors at a higher risk of falling. Whether it’s arthritis, a loss of vision, decreased physical activity, medication use, fatigue or dizziness, the common complications of getting older add up to a higher probability of accidents at home. Obstacles within the home make the risks even higher: dangling cords, poor lighting, floor coverings, etc. This is why, in order to provide better fall prevention at home for the elderly, the team at Options Home Health implements a variety of fall precautions at home:

  • Home safety assessment and modification: Our team can investigate the senior’s home to find problem areas that make falls more likely, offering suggestions to minimize areas of vulnerability.
  • Vestibular trained therapist: We have therapists who specialize in vestibular conditions that make falls more likely, such as vertigo or dizziness.
  • Balance testing: In order to catch balance disorders before they cause harm to a patient, we offer a group of assessments that test steadiness and equilibrium.
  • Strength testing: By comparing one side of the body’s muscle groups against the other, we can track muscular fitness and/or imbalances.
  • Specific interventions such as exercise and maneuvers: For patients who are showing signs of imbalance, we offer strategies to help counteract their unsteadiness and protect against falling.