Falls Risk Reduction

Falls are not a part of the “normal” aging process nor are they random. Many falls can be prevented. Clinical research supports the use of exercise as a means to improve balance and mobility function while reducing the likelihood of falls among community-dwelling older adults with a history of falling.

Services

  • Comprehensive evaluation of all aspects of balance and fall risk including strength, range of motion, sensation and coordination, gait, balance reactions and strategies, limits of stability, and computerized dynamic force plate testing (Balance Master) 
  • Individualized program of exercises, balance retraining activities and education to reduce risk of falling 
  • Program emphasis on home and community exercise program 
  • Treatment one to two times per week for up to six to eight weeks 
  • Benefits include improved balance, increased strength, greater mobility around the community, reduced fear of falling, and better recognition of environmental hazards.

Risk Factors for Falling

  • Balance, vision or cognitive impairment 
  • Arthritis 
  • Decreased physical activity 
  • Environmental hazards 
  • History of dizziness or fainting 
  • Impaired gait 
  • Joint or muscle restrictions 
  • Parkinson’s disease 
  • Taking multiple medications 
  • Poor posture 
  • Peripheral neuropathy or decreased sensation in feet 
  • Stroke

In Balance

Community classes for those who wish to improve their balance and reduce their risk of falling are offered at South Campus. These classes include gentle stretches, strengthening, and balance exercises. 
  • ​Location: PeaceHealth St. Joseph South Campus Rehabilitation Conference Room 
  • Time: Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m. 
  • Cost: $25 per month 
  • Register: Contact us​