If you missed part one of our two-part blog series on Fall Prevention, you can read it here!
When falls and fall injuries decrease, it is easier for communities to thrive. As part of a comprehensive fall prevention program, communities should provide lectures, as well as fall prevention tips and tricks for seniors to reduce the risks of falls occurring. Regular fall assessments by trained clinicians and therapists can also help by identifying those residents most at risk and referring them to therapy or wellness to enhance balance and reduce risk.
Functional Pathways works with CCRCs, assisted living and senior living communities to identify specific community needs, then provide regular Senior Fit Tests and Balance Assessments that identify at-risk areas within a resident population.
We do this by utilizing the following clinical methodologies:
- Frailty scale metrics
- 4-Stage Balance Test
- Bi-annual fall prevention screenings for the entire community
- Prevention and Education Lecture Series
Our outcome-based fall prevention programs have been shown to reduce falls with major injury by 43%. Be Steady specialty therapy programs help with balance, cardiovascular functioning, mobility, muscle strength, and even cognition, to reduce the negative impacts of aging and help seniors recover after severe injuries and life-threatening illness.
Combining comprehensive therapy and wellness programs by specially-trained therapists allows for regular health assessments and balance screening for residents. This two-part strategy helps to identify at-risk residents and specific areas of improvement or decline on a person-by-person basis and recommends therapy when needed. Regular Senior Fit Tests help determine where residents are on the wellness spectrum, so they can be referred to the right program or therapy. Progress is measured and tracked for improvement or decline.
Our holistic, turn-key approach allows us to combine specialty therapy program like fall prevention, with wellness programs like Tai Chi and Aquatics, to offer communities a systematic approach to not only improve resident health and independence, but improve census by reducing the number of residents leaving the community due to serious fall-related injuries. The goal is to meet seniors wherever they are on their personal wellness journey and deliver the right therapy and wellness tools at the right time, so communities can keep residents engaged and thriving in place longer.
For more information about Functional Pathways therapy or wellness for CCRC and AL/IL or adding a fall prevention program to your senior community, contact us today.