Are you, your spouse, significant other, parent(s) or friend having challenges with balance and afraid of a fall? In those 65 and older, falls are the primary cause of injury, hospital visits and death. It is estimated that one third of adults age 65+ fall each year. Falls are extremely serious in this population, however, research and BreakThrough’s experience has shown that many falls can be prevented. For those falls that do occur, the better shape you are in, the better chance you have for a successful, speedy and less costly recovery.
At BreakThrough, we buy into what Benjamin Franklin told us all many years ago:
“An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure.”
With Medicare and all insurances reducing the amount of care one can receive when needed, prevention is key. We see too many people who have been through what seemed to have been a minor fall, only to incur massive expenses and hardship on the entire family with time off of work to care for your significant other, parent, etc. We can help you and your family not have to go through all of this.
“After my mom’s fall, the whole world stopped. She needed an ambulance to take her to the ER, underwent surgery for a fractured hip, had some additional complications that extended her hospital stay and then finally progressed to an acute care facility. We could not wait to get her out of there as it was so depressing for us all. Fortunately, we found BreakThrough for outpatient therapy, but Medicare had all sorts of rules and regulations, additional papers to sign every visit and it was just a nightmare. Fortunately with BreakThrough’s help and support, we made it and she is now back at home, independent, but not driving and we are now getting back to life as usual.”
Our therapists have years of experience evaluating and determining each patient/client’s areas of weakness as well as the various gold standard clinical assessment tools. We work with you at your level to ensure improved strength, flexibility and confidence with your daily activities. Our fall prevention program’s frequency and duration is not cookie cutter in any way. You and your therapist work out your goals together and make your own plan. We recommend a series of ten (10) sessions as that provides the best opportunity for success and review of your activities. At your first session, your therapist will discuss your current situation, goals and perform a thorough evaluation to determine your functional level, then customize a program to help you achieve your goals, and certainly reduce your risk for a life-altering fall. Call today and one of our Care Coordinators will be happy to help you.
Other Resources for You:
- Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) – Falls Risk Self Assessment Tool and Informational Packet
- Activities-specific Balance Confidence (ABC) Scale – Self Assessment Tool
- Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) – Risk Factors
- Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) – Medications Linked to Falls
- Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) – Falls are a Major Threat