Free Walk-In Fall Risk Screenings
By Western Berks Physical Therapy on September 18th, 2019
Rates of medically treated falls are rising as the older adult population increases. Falls affect us all personally or someone we love or care about. Every second of every day an older adult falls. In 2015 alone, more than one in four older adults reported falling and more than 28,000 older adults died as a result of falls—that’s 74 older adults every day.
Falls are a threat to the health of older adults and can reduce their ability to remain independent. Although falls among older adults are common, there are simple steps that can be taken to prevent falls and decrease fall risks.
Research has identified many risk factors that contribute to falling. Some of these can be reduced with the help of a highly trained Physical Therapist. Most falls are caused by the interaction of multiple risk factors. The more risk factors a person has, the greater his/her chances of falling. Physical therapists can lower a person’s risk by reducing or minimizing that individual’s risk factors.
At Western Berks Physical Therapy, we start preventing falls with these 3 steps:
Step 1: Free Fall Risk Screening
The first step in reducing falls is to identify the risk factors that may contribute to falling. Western Berks Physical Therapy offers Free Walk-In Fall Risk Screenings during our normal business hours at each of our facilities listed at the bottom of this page. Simply walk in to any office location and let the receptionist know you would like a fall screening completed. Each patient will fill out some basic contact information and a short fall risk questionnaire that the physical therapist will review.
Step 2: Simple & Quick Fall Assessment
During your free fall risk screening, we will assess you based on 3 tests; the 30-Second Chair Stand Test, 4-Stage Balance Test and the Timed Up and Go (TUG) Test. These tests help assess leg strength, endurance, balance and mobility to give the physical therapist a clear idea of your current risk of falling.
Step 3: Professional Recommendation
After completing the assessments, your Physical Therapist will talk to you about your health goals. From there it can be determined which modifiable fall risk factors can be addressed to help you meet your goals. You will receive a professional recommendation from your therapist regarding how to reduce falls and a program to address factors putting you at risk for falling.
Stop in today to complete your Free Fall Risk Screening at any of the locations below:
Remember, there are simple steps you can take to prevent fall and decrease falls risks. Stop living in fear of falling! Take the first step now!
Additional Resources Available to You:
- Stay Independent Brochure – Learn The Four Things You Can
Do to Prevent Falls
- Check for Safety – A Home Fall Prevention Checklist for Older Adults
- Family Caregiver Brochure – Learn How To Protect Your Loved Ones from Falling
- Mantenga su independencia – Cuatro cosas que usted puede hacer para prevenir las caídas