Visiting Nurses offers program to prevent falls
Published 12:41 pm, Thursday, January 19, 2012
"The good news is that the majority of falls can be prevented," said Elaine Abrams, RN, MPH, Community Health Coordinator at Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County. "Understanding personal risk factors for falling is the first step. While some risk factors, such as age and a history of falling, cannot be changed, new research indicates that actively addressing your personal risk factors will help to prevent future falls."
Risk factors for falling include problems with gait, balance, vision, hearing, low blood pressure and foot or footwear problems. Home environmental hazards and taking multiple prescription medications also pose risks that must be addressed.
Several years ago, with the Connecticut Collaboration for Fall Prevention at Yale University School of Medicine, Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County instituted the Safe Steps fall risk reduction program. Since then, hundreds of older adults in the region have taken advantage of the program to successfully reduce their risk of falling.
The Safe Steps fall prevention program is open to the public and is free-of-charge. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Lunch will be provided at a nominal fee.
For more information about this program, contact the Darien Senior Center at 203-656-7455.
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A nonprofit community organization for 100 years, Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County provides professional nursing and support services, senior care management, physical rehabilitation, health education, community wellness programs and compassionate hospice care for individuals and families in Darien and throughout Fairfield County.