Use of Assistive Devices (Walkers, Canes) and More
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, self-limit activities and social engagements. This can result in further physical decline, depression, social isolation, and feelings of helplessness.
This program was developed to give you the confidence to perform everyday activities safely. It helps you maintain independence and gives you confidence in mobility without the risk of falling.
It covers a wide variety of issues with the goal to improve your balance and stop the falls.
A review of your medical history, medications
Feet and footwear assessment
Leg strength and flexibility testing
Assessment of your gait
Blood pressure and heart rate measurements while you change positions (from sitting to standing)
Specific balance, vestibular and coordination tests
Posture and vision assessment
Balance retraining, strength and coordination exercises to decrease weakness and improve sense of balance
Postural training, stretching and general conditioning exercises
Individualized coaching on safety, fall prevention and self-help techniques. Our physical therapists will teach you how to best manage your own risks for falling
Education on a home exercise program
If you have fear of falling, it will be important for you to talk with your physical therapist about it. Our therapists will work with you to determine whether there are activities that you should be doing to keep strong, as well as activities that you should avoid
Improved ability of the brain to utilize all systems responsible for balance and adapt to specific movements
Improved flexibility, balance, coordination and strength
Decreased frequency of balance loss and falls
Improved quality of life
Decreased dependency on assistive devices (walkers, canes)