Did You Know?
• 1 out of every 3 adults age 65 and older fall each year.
• Among adults 65 or older, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths.
• Falls are the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma in older adults.
• Twenty to thirty percent of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries such as lacerations, hip fractures, or head traumas.
• Adults 75 or older who fall are four to five times more likely to be admitted to a long term care facility for a year or longer.
These statistics from the Center for Disease Control show what some individuals already know: Falls have serious outcomes for older adults. Falls are almost always unintentional, but there are preventative measures that can be taken. A fall can be a life altering event.
The RBA team includes a Doctor of PT, who is an American Physical Therapy Association certified vestibular rehab specialist. Additionally, we have an on staff Audiologist who specializes in vestibular disorders. Our balance specialists have traveled nationally to pursue extensive post-graduate training and are passionate about preventing falls. We strive for “prevention through intervention” by identifying an individual’s risk factors and modifying them when possible. We also address the “fear of falling” which can precipitate a cycle of inactivity and decreased quality of life.
We have balance clinics at various locations, and we consult geriatricians when necessary for further assessment. We assess balance in the home, outside the home and in the community. Most importantly, we address environmental issues and provide training in your home, which is where you live and are most likely to fall.
Our assessments and training are:
- Individual and caregiver centered