Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. 1/3 of the population over 65 falls each year and falls account for 25% of all hospital admissions and 40% of all nursing home admissions. Falls threaten seniors’ safety and independence and generate enormous economic and personal costs. Through lifestyle adjustments and falls prevention programs the number of falls among seniors can be substantially reduced.

 Restore Outpatient’s Skilled Services like Optimizing Coordination and Balance and Reducing Fall Fisk ensure clients maintain a safe and active lifestyle in and outside the home.

 To find out if you are at risk for falls, answer the questions below. 
Give yourself one point for every “yes” answer.

Risk Assessment

Do you have a history of falling?

Do you experience dizziness and/or have trouble keeping your balance?

Is walking difficult due to muscle weakness, stiff joints, or foot problems?

Are you on more than three medications?

Do you have problems with your vision?

Do you make frequent or hurried trips to the bathroom?

Have you put off dealing with household hazards, such as poor lighting, slippery floors, throw rugs, lack of grab-bars, etc?

Is fear of falling making you less physically active and reducing your social activity?

Are you experiencing problems with concentration, depression, or isolation?

If you were to fall, would you be alone and possibly unable to call for help?

Tally your score.

“Yes” answers suggest a specific area of risk that needs to be addressed. The higher your score out of 10, the higher your level of risk of falling.

Talk to your physician and visit Restore Outpatient for more information!