Samaritan Physical Rehabilitation taking the lead on fall prevention with free community screenings

Oct 23,2013
As part of a comprehensive fall prevention program at Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital, Samaritan Physical Rehabilitation is offering free fall risk assessments to community members on the second Thursday of each month.  

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one out of three adults falls every year and falls are the leading cause of serious injuries and injury-related deaths among people age 65 and older. In Lincoln City, more than 20 percent of residents are 65 years and older and many are at risk for falls.  

“Our goal with this program is to reduce the number of falls in our community by educating people about their risk and helping people start an exercise program to improve posture, balance and strength,” said Robert Long, manager of physical rehabilitation at Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital.  

A fall risk assessment is an essential component in a fall prevention program. The purpose of a fall risk assessment is to identify a person’s risk for falling in order to correct problems and ultimately prevent falls from occurring.   

Using the Biodex Balance System, SNLH therapists will conduct a fall risk screening test and provide feedback and a written report to each participant immediately. The Biodex Balance System consists of a computerized platform and touch-screen control panel that measures a person’s ability to maintain balance. This program can help determine who is at risk of falling by identifying risk factors in just a few minutes.   

If the screening shows a high risk for falls, the participant will be advised to take the report to their primary care physician. Those with a more moderate or low risk of falls will be given tips and personalized exercises to improve balance and prevent falls. All participants are welcome to return in a month or so to track their progress.  

The assessments are by appointment every 20 minutes between 1 and 5 p.m. Call 541-996-7160 for an appointment.
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