PHCS Fall Program
Personal Health Care Services will assess the safety of the home and help create a unique program for our patients designed to eliminate fall risks.
It is important to know some of the risk factors that can contribute to falling.
- problems with vision, hearing, cognition, or numb feet
- environmental hazards such as unsafe walkways and stairways, poor lighting, and slippery bathtub and shower areas
- muscle weakness, decreased balance, difficulty walking, and struggles moving around
- postural hypotension, which is an unexpected drop in blood pressure causing dizziness
Assessment of Fall Risk in the Home
Personal Health Care Services staff will assess your steadiness of gait, items in your home that may act as fall hazards and medications that may affect your balance.
Education/Interventions to Prevent Falls
Clinicians may make recommendations to enhance your safety in preventing falls by discussing with you the placement of throw rugs/bathroom mats and any other items identified as potential fall hazards. They also may suggest adding a bell to the collar of your cat and/or dog in order to help you locate your pet and prevent tripping over them.
Speak Up About Falls
According to the Joint Commission, one out of three adults aged 65 and older gets injured from falls every year. Making simple changes can mean a big difference when it comes to preventing falls.