Why Every Senior Should Take A Fall Risk Assessment

Why Every Senior Should Take A Fall Risk Assessment

Falls are a well-documented and serious risk and threat for seniors, especially those choosing to age-in-home. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that one out of every four seniors falls each year, and what’s even more troubling is that less than half will report the fall to their doctor. While a fall may not cause a serious injury the first time, once it happens, a senior’s chance of falling again doubles, according to the CDC. And the reality is that, according to the CDC, falls are the most common cause of serious injuries like broken bones or even traumatic brain injuries (TBI). This is why all seniors should prioritize getting a fall risk assessment to combat the threat before it becomes a problem.

With the new SameAddress Safe Balance fall risk assessment program, we test a senior’s balance in real life scenarios, such as reaching for an item off a high shelf or bending down to grab something off the floor. Our assessment will immediately identify any balance, mobility or cognitive issues that might put a senior at greater risk of falling, and provide three types of solutions:

  • The first is the identification of any adaption needed in a senior’s environment to increase safety. For example, if a senior discovers that they have a higher fall risk score, there are a number of in-home modifications to ensure there is less chance of any falls happening.

  • Second is in-home assistance. Our assessment will show if there is any level of need for in-home care assistance.

  • Lastly, the assessment helps with identifying the need for any balance assistance solutions, such as physical therapy treatment or the need for a cane or walker.

The SameAddress Safe Balance fall risk assessment can also be conducted quickly and easily in the comfort of a senior’s own home, giving seniors immediate analysis and feedback on their overall fall risk. Don’t let falling threaten the safety of an older loved one. Take steps to identify their fall risk, and to prevent issues before they arise.

Looking for help with a fall risk assessment? Call us today to learn more about our Safe Balance Program at 1-866-SENIOR-1.