In observance of Falls Prevention Awareness Day on September 23, Hillcrest Health Services hosted complimentary fall risk assessments for seniors at Hillcrest Mable Rose and Hillcrest Country Estates.
The screenings were intended for the older adult or anyone who may be at risk for falling due to instability, injury or other health issue. Hillcrest’s physical and occupational therapists conducted the screenings and provided simple, at-home exercises to strengthen and improve balance or, for those at high risk, a recommendation to consult with a physician. Participants also received information on home safety and improving balance along with a complimentary gift bag.
Hillcrest Country Estates Villas residents, Marlene and Bruce Terrillion, participated in the event and said they were curious to learn more about fall prevention (pictured below with Hillcrest Physical Therapy Administrator, Grace Knott (left), and therapist Morgan Nolte (right)).
“According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for those 65 years of age and over,” said Grace Knott, PT, GCS, administrator of Hillcrest Physical Therapy. “Falls can be a major contributor to older people losing their independence. Our goal is to help prevent future falls by assessing the level of risk and providing a plan to move forward with a safe and effective program.”
The NCOA reports that every 14 seconds, an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall-related injury. The chances of falling and of being seriously injured in a fall increase with age.
Studies show that a combination of interventions can significantly reduce falls among older adults. Experts recommend:
- A physical activity regimen with balance, strength training, and flexibility components
- Consulting with a health professional about getting a fall risk assessment
- Having medications reviewed periodically
- Getting eyes checked annually
- Making sure the home environment is safe and supportive
- Having an annual hearing assessment
Hillcrest Health Services offers the region’s largest continuum of health services for aging adults, including independent and assisted living, in-patient and outpatient rehabilitation, long-term care, memory support, adult day services, certified skilled home health and private duty home care, palliative care, telehealth services, and hospice care. Hillcrest currently serves nearly 1,000 aging adults daily across eight counties in Nebraska and Iowa. For more information, visit www.hillcresthealth.com.