Fall Prevention Programs
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- For older Americans, the risk of falling and the fear of falling can combine to create dangerous qualify of life issues. In fact, at least 25,000 older adults die each year as the results of falls. By providing Fall Prevention Programs like the ones offered by Strive, you can help your older community members, nursing home residents, or seniors in assisted living to develop the strength, balance, and confidence that will reduce the likelihood they'll experience a fall.An older American falls every single second each day, and it’s the leading cause of death for the elderly. It’s also the leading cause of nonfatal injury, and approximately 10% of falls lead to serious injury – like a bone fracture – that requires hospitalization. Many of these injuries require more than a year in a long-term care facility for recovery, and in some cases, an older person who falls never fully-recovers and is unable to return to living alone.Surprisingly, the fear of falling is one of the biggest predictors that someone will actually experience a fall. Other risk factors include:
In most cases, at least two risk factors are involved that cause someone to actually fall. Once a fall occurs, a person is between two and three times more likely to experience another fall again in the future.In addition to the damage of actual falls, studies have found that fear of falling can create a drastic reduction in quality of life for older Americans. When someone is afraid to fall, they cut back on physical activity, which decreases their ability to get around. As a result, that person also socializes less often and can become depressed. Of course, the lack of movement only increases the likelihood of a future fall as muscle and balance deteriorate, and the cycle feeds on itself.Fall Prevention Programs have emerged as a way to help older Americans understand what causes falling, which risk factors affect them, and what they can do for prevention. These programs provide practical strategies that increase activity levels, improve day-to-day functionality, and reduce the fear of falling.Many elderly Americans think of falling as uncontrollable or inevitable, and Fall Prevention Programs aim to reverse that perception. By providing education and awareness, participants learn about their own fall risks, including:
- Physical issues like muscle weakness, problems with balance, vision changes, or loss of feeling in the feet
- Medications and the resulting side effects or interactions
- Drinking alcohol
- Environmental factors like poor lighting, cluttered space, or lack of support bars/railings
- Risky behavior like jumping or using a chair instead of a step stool
- Poor diet
- Alcohol use
- Medication side effects
They also learn which aspects of their living environments can increase the risk of falling – along with ways to change the environment to minimize those risks. Then, they learn to set realistic goals and to increase their functional strength, endurance, and balance through exercise. Boosting activity levels has the added benefit of improving mood and decreasing depression.When older Americans participate in Fall Reduction Programs, research has found that the occurrence of falls can be reduced significantly. In fact, one study found that when residents age 70 and older participated in a program to reduce falls for 14 months, falls were reduced by 31%. Fall Reduction Programs mitigate the fear of falling as well, leading to more confidence and improved quality of life. Because of their success at reducing the rate of falls, Fall Reduction Programs are also believed to reduce associated health care costs.At Strive, our Fall Prevention Programs are offered in a small group format that allows participants to share their own experiences, knowledge, and fears. A qualified instructor tailors each class to help individual participants understand their own unique fall risks and to develop strategies to overcome those risks. Then, the class aims to develop health and fitness through low impact dynamic/static balance work, strength training, and stretching that helps each member improve their physical fitness in the ways most likely to prevent falls.One of the prime goals of Strive's Fall Prevention Program Services is to help participants learn to shift from negative to positive thinking patterns and to view things from a fresh perspective. Instructors apply a wide range of techniques in this process, including:
Fall Prevention instructors who work with Strive have obtained an Occupational Therapist Degree, Balance Training Certification, or Silver Sneakers Training Certification. They’ve also attended at least eight hours of coach training taught by the Master Trainer to earn an additional certification, and many have extensive educational and healthcare experience. Skilled at working with older adults, they have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and bring the right enthusiasm and technical knowledge to help your residents feel comfortable and capable of performing range-of-motion and low-level endurance exercises.When you’re ready to add Fall Prevention Programs to your community wellness program, Strive will assign a Project Manager to work with you every step of the way. Your manager will:
- Group discussion
- Skill building
- Assertiveness training
- Exercise training
- Sharing practical solutions
- Cognitive restructuring
If you operate on a local, regional, or nationwide basis, Strive can implement your Fall Prevention Programs in as many locations as you need. We can also help you add additional services to your programming – from fitness classes and personal training to Onsite Stretching and Tai Chi for Balance. Every addition to your initiative will be handled and incorporated by your assigned project manager, keeping the entire process as simple as possible.
- assign prescreened instructors and coordinate facilities
- assist with the program marketing and engagement
- get participants enrolled online (or on a sign-up sheet)
- Distribute and collect electronic liability waivers
- Streamline billing and administration
- Strive also offers comprehensive liability insurance with workers compensation and a provision of services to indemnify your organization of all risk.
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