On Course® Fall Prevention Program
Falls aren’t usually caused by just one issue, a combination of factors are playing a role. The majority of the time routine activities, combined with decreased mobility, increased frailty, depression and deconditioning put patients at high risk for falls. Studies show that nearly ½ of the elderly report a fear of falls and the injuries associated with falling. In 2000 alone, the cost of fatal fall injuries for people over 65 exceeded $19 billion. Most falls are preventable and WellCare On Course® is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels of older adults.
IDENTIFYING RISK FACTORS
Many elderly people – because of medical problems, loss of muscle strength and certain medications – are at risk for falling. The best care for a person at risk for falling is prevention.
Some risk factors for falling include:
- Previous falls
- Problems with mobility and walking
- Fear of falling
- Irregular heartbeat
- Blood pressure that drops significantly upon standing
- Problems with seeing or hearing
- Medications (including water pills)
- Inappropriate footwear
- Impaired balance
- Osteoporosis – (bone loss)