Falls are a serious threat to the health of the elderly and can lead to serious consequences including fracture, disability, impaired function and mortality. Preventing falls is very important to reduce geriatric fractures.
The St. Mary’s Balance Program helps prevent falls in elderly people, and thereby help them live a more productive life. This training is specifically designed to improve the strength, ability, and balance in older people.
This program is highly beneficial for patients aged 65 years and above, who are concerned about falls and wish to achieve improved mobility and balance.
Contact your Primary Care Physician for a referral to the program.
Your Therapy Sessions
Typical programming consists of 2 therapy sessions per week, and average 30 minutes each. The first visit is approximately 1 hour and includes an evaluation. Based on the therapists’ findings, they will develop a plan of care with you. Treatment sessions are one-one (you are the only patient that the therapist is working with at any given time).
Balance Program Includes:
- Balance assessment
- Balance Challenges
- Functional balance training with application to daily tasks such as playing with grandchildren, gardening volunteer/work duties, house cleaning and leisure activities
- Safe exercises to continue at home
- Education on modifications to keep you safe
- Exposure to Tai Chi and Yoga-type activities
Comprehensive Balance Program Results Include:
- Increased muscle strength in legs and trunk
- Improved dynamic standing balance
- Improved posture
- Reduced joint pain
- Increased walking tolerance
- Improved coordination
- Home exercise program
You might Be At Risk For Falling If You:
- Have a history of falls or have a fear of falling
- Had a stroke or heart attack
- Use a cane or walker, have trouble seeing, have dizziness or feel weak or short of breath
- Have gait, balance or cognitive impairment
- Have had recent surgery
- Have muscle weakness
- Have hearing loss
- Take certain medications