Fall Prevention Program

 

Falls are the leading cause of fatal injuries and the second leading cause of nonfatal injuries for people over 65.  In  Assisted Living Facilities, 30% of seniors experience at least one fall per year with  40% of the falls resulting in hospital stays are 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 this cost to our health care system.  Affinity Home Health Care has designed a comprehensive fall prevention program to assist patients to reduce falls and maintain their independence at home.

 

The Fall Prevention Program Consists of:

  • Balance Testing

  • Strength Testing

  • Specific Interventions including exercises and maneuvers

  • Home Safety Assessment and modification

  • Medications use and types

  • Medical equipment use

The Fall Prevention Program Benefits Patients with

  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo

  • Meniere’s Disease

  • Functional Decline and Weakness

  • Frequent Falls

  • Neuropathy

Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Falls threaten seniors’ safety and independence and generate enormous economic and personal costs.

However, falling is not an inevitable result of aging. Through practical lifestyle adjustments, evidence-based falls prevention programs, and clinical-community partnerships, the number of falls among seniors can be substantially reduced.

The Challenge

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • One in four Americans aged 65+ falls each year.

  • Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall.

  • Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults.

  • Falls result in more than 2.8 million injuries treated in emergency departments annually, including over 800,000 hospitalizations and more than 27,000 deaths.

  • In 2015, the total cost of fall injuries was $50 billion. Medicare and Medicaid shouldered 75% of these costs.

  • The financial toll for older adult falls is expected to increase as the population ages and may reach $67.7 billion by 2020.

Falls, with or without injury, also carry a heavy quality of life impact. A growing number of older adults fear falling and, as a result, limit their activities and social engagements. This can result in further physical decline, depression, social isolation, and feelings of helplessness.