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Fall-Risk Assessment

Falls can result in very serious medical consequences and lead to the deterioration of a person’s overall health. Complications from falls can include hip fractures and head injuries. They may also mean a person can no longer live independently. Fortunately, falls can be prevented. Our trained professionals can provide a fall-risk assessment and arm you with the knowledge to prevent falls from happening in the first place. Our staff will create a customized care plan with recommendations based on your individual needs.

 

Who is Most At Risk of a Serious Fall?

 

There are three groups of people who have the highest risk for a serious fall. The first is older adults. Specifically, men and women over the age of 65 have a major risk of being severely injured after falling. And for someone in this age group who has previously experienced any type of fall, the fear of this happening again can be very significant.

 

The second group is anyone with injuries to the brain, inner ear or lower body. Regardless of their age, individuals with an injury in any of those categories can be at risk of a serious fall. The last high-risk group is people of any age who take multiple medications. If you take at least two prescription medications on a regular basis, side effects like weakness, vision issues, dizziness, lack of coordination or confusion can result in a fall.

 

Who Should Have a Fall Assessment?

 

Anyone who falls into one of the three high-risk groups profiled above should strongly consider having a fall assessment. Doing so can provide the insights and information needed to prevent a fall. There are a few other scenarios that can make a fall risk assessment a smart choice for someone. Those scenarios include:

 

  • slipping or falling during the past 12 months
  • losing balance, feeling unsteady or experiencing dizziness while walking
  • needing help to stand up
  • noticing a sensation of dizziness when standing, quickly moving or shifting in bed

 

What Occurs During a Fall Assessment?

 

If you decide to do a fall risk assessment with Kaner Medical Group, you can schedule an appointment at a time that’s convenient for you. It’s best to wear walking shoes or sneakers and comfortable clothes. When you first arrive, a member of our team will speak with you about your medical history and issues related to falling.

 

The next step in this process is to do a handful of exercises that assess your balance and vestibular or neurological function. Then based on your specific situation, there are a variety of tests we may have you perform. Potential options include a TUG, Gait Speed, Functional Reach, Four Square Step and/or Sit to Stand Test. These tests will allow us to fully evaluate your fall risk and provide specialized guidance for preventing falls.

 

If you have any additional questions about a fall assessment or would like to schedule one for yourself or a loved one, call the Kaner Medical Group office today at 817-484-0353.