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Fall Prevention

  • Falls are the most common cause of emergency room visits among older adults. When the body is thrown off balance, there are a normal series of specific “righting reactions” the body goes through to keep itself from falling.

    As we age, the body begins to lose control of that righting series and eventually balance reactions can become sluggish and less responsive, resulting in an increased risk of falls.

    The Falls Prevention and Risk Reduction Program is specially designed to help individuals maintain or increase their independence and identify individuals who may be at risk of falling.

    What to Expect

    Our certified clinicians will evaluate a person’s risk of falling by assessing balance, mobility and strength. A personalized plan of care will be designed to meet individual needs.

    Balance training exercises will be used to help the body “practice” the balance righting series and allow reaction times to be more automatic, decreasing the risk of falls. Dynamic strengthening exercises will also prepare the body to respond and react to a loss of balance with less risk of falling.

    Recommendations will be made to address factors in the home, work and community environments that may contribute to increased fall risk.

    The Benefits of the Falls Prevention and Risk Reduction Program

    • Address loss of strength, mobility and coordination
    • Help individuals to stay living independently or return to independent living after a fall
    • Improve balance to reduce the risk of a fall… And more!

    Services vary by location. Find a local NovaCare physical therapy center to see if falls prevention services are offered near you.