One of three adults age 65 and older falls each year, and falls are the leading cause of injury, trauma related hospital admissions and death due to injury. Many older adults and their families do not understand the factors that put them at risk for a fall and are unaware of how to reduce this risk. An effective fall prevention program has been shown to reduce fall risks through a combination of exercise and risk education.
Our Balance and Fall Program’s focus is on the prevention of future falls via education and treatment and includes the following components:
Individualized physical therapy evaluation of each patient’s deficits and goals
Assessment of Functional Limitations
Fall Risk Determination Testing
Range of Motion & Strength Assessment
Patient Education Including:
Fall Prevention Strategies
Use of Assistive Devices as needed
Individualized Home Exercise Program
Proper Shoe Wear
Strengthening and Mobility Exercises
Fall Recovery Tactics
Who can benefit from the Balance & Fall Program?
Seniors age 65 and over
Individuals concerned with falling
Those that have experienced falls in the past
Those who are physically inactive
Those with muscle weakness and limited mobility
Those who have difficulty walking, getting up from a chair or remaining steady on their feet
Those who complain of dizziness or lightheadedness
Individuals with problems with the senses, such as vision or numbness in their feet
What are the benefits of participating in the Balance & Fall Program?
Better understanding of how to reduce the risks of falls in the home
"I never had heard of SCORE before I had lumbar surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Gatos, and 2 weeks of rehab hospital at their Mission Hills facility The coordinator there gave me a list of Santa Cruz area PT providers and Score was on it Score was recommended by Dominican Hospital also I called SCORE, was impressed, went in and was impressed even more, and then signed up Everyone there is very capable and helpful"