Homewood's Fall Reduction Program
You can reduce your risk of fall injury
The risk of fall injury increases dramatically as we age. Over 25% of individuals over 70-years old and 35% of individuals over 75-years old fall every year and half of those fall repeatedly with over 20% requiring medical attention. Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries in the elderly. Falls can result in hip fractures, broken bones and head injuries. Even falls without a major injury can cause an older adult to become scared and depressed making it difficult for them to remain active.
National research has shown that muscle strengthening combined with balance retraining at home by a trained professional can significantly reduce the probability of falling and is more effective than standard fitness or group training.
In the last 5 years, computer operated balance testing and training equipment have become portable, simpler to use, more precise and more effective. Now, it is possible to do quick and accurate Romberg’s and Limits of Stability testing in the home and create a specifically designed retraining program that stimulates the balance centers of the brain, builds the core and retrains muscle memory using fun, interactive range of motion, weight shift and stabilization game-like exercises.
The machine we use consists of a highly sensitive platform, small computer and a screen which can be set-up in your home by our trained therapists in less than 5 minutes and removed just as quickly. Sessions last from 20 minutes to 1 hour. Your progress is recorded by the computer each session, compared with data from thousands of people of similar age and size so you can see your improvements AND the exercises are fun.
Falls in the elderly cannot be eliminated, but you can reduce the likelihood of a fall and reduce the likelihood of serious fall injury with precise balance testing and a program of individualized balance retraining. With a prescription from your doctor (please speak with us about what to ask for), both the home-based testing and training can be completely paid for by Medicare. There is no cost to you of any kind. Even our government knows how important it is to reduce the likelihood of falls in our older population and how costly fall injuries can be for all.