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Your physical therapy checklist for fall prevention in the elderly population

March 6th, 2020
Fall Prevention in the Elderly Population

Preventing falls is a serious concern. According to the CDC, 1 out of 5 falls can result in a serious injury such as a broken bone or head trauma. Since our bodies begin to lose functional ability as we get older, ensuring elderly patients avoid falls is of particular importance. 

That’s why a fall prevention checklist for the elderly is a commonly used tool. This is a comprehensive list of safety concerns that can be addressed in and around the house, such as installing guardrails, using nonslip rubber mats in bathrooms and removing clutter from the floor. 

In conjunction with addressing these basic safety concerns, you can also significantly reduce risk of falls by working to improve your balance, stability and range of motion. To do this safely, it’s highly recommended to work with a physical therapist. In the spirit of creating a fall prevention checklist for the elderly, we’re happy to share this physical therapy-specific version.

Preventing falls with a physical therapist

Here’s our handy step-to-step checklist to show you the benefits of working with a physical therapist for fall prevention: 

  • Undergo testing for balance and stability. 
  • Learn targeted therapeutic exercises to increase strength. 
  • Receive manual therapy to help mobilize joints and soft tissue.
  • Practice balance exercises with the supervision of an expert.
  • Improve your posture and body awareness.
  • Increase your flexibility and range of motion with active and passive therapy techniques.

A physical therapist is also a great resource to talk to about staying safe and preventing falls during daily activities.

Physical therapy for balance training and fall prevention with caring experts

At Rehab Access, our compassionate team understands the specific needs of our elderly patients and has extensive experience in developing personalized plans of care. No matter what your background or medical history, we can work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan designed to increase stability and prevent falls along with your other treatment goals. 

To learn more, contact us today and schedule your initial appointment.