Fall Risk Program
According to the National Council on Aging (ncoa) Falls are the leading
cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. One in four
Americans 65+ fall each year; falls result in more than 2.8 million injuries
treated in emergency departments annually, including over 800,000 hospitalizations
and more than 27,000 deaths.
Even for younger patients, falling presents a major obstacle toward recovery.
When the body is healing, the sudden trauma of a fall can complicate wounds,
create additional stresses on the body, and extend the amount of time
a person spends incapacitated. Preventing falls is an important step in
a recovery plan.
Our Home Health Team is Dedicated to Preventing Falls
Our team recognizes the importance of reducing fall risks. Our philosophy
revolves around ensuring that our patients can enjoy the comforts of home
while recovering. That is why we take significant steps to make the home
as safe an environment as possible.
All St. Joseph Home Health Care patients receive a comprehensive fall risk
assessment based on national protocols. If a fall risk is identified,
a physical therapist is brought into the patients care to collaborate
on the treatment plan, alongside the physician, patient and nurse.
What can I expect from the Fall Risk Program
- Personalized one on one fall safety assessment, which includes home safety
- Personal treatment plan with specific goals
- Assessment for durable medical equipment (DME) to enable patient to function
safely at home
- Education to patient/caregivers on safe transfer techniques, ambulation
safety and fall prevention techniques
- Training in the use of DME, such as cane, walker, wheelchair, etc.
Our team is eager to provide you with the care you need in the setting
you want. For more information regarding fall risk program, call our
intake department at (714)712-7110